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#BlackGirlMagic: On the Necessity of Resilience and Righteous Indignation

What do Vice-President Kamala Harris, voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and viral immunologist leading the fight against COVID-19 Kizzmekia Corbett have in common? They’re all Black women with magnificent accomplishments—things most people do not achieve, let alone those staring down racism and sexism. As a Black woman, they inspire me, but… Continue reading #BlackGirlMagic: On the Necessity of Resilience and Righteous Indignation

When Human Evil Goes Unchecked

In September 2020 I wrote of the presence of human evil in the White House, defining its characteristics and practices from the vantage point of psychology. On December 26, 2020, illustrating from Biblical history, I wrote of the frightening prospects inherent within the final 25 days of Trump’s presidency. “It’s going to get worse,” I… Continue reading When Human Evil Goes Unchecked

What we’re reading and watching this BHM…

Especially for Black History Month, this list from the Gathering will no doubt include works that have not yet made it to your bookshelf. Here you’ll discover film, non-fiction and fiction (even sci-fi) gems to enjoy far beyond February! When Affirmative Action was White, by Ira Katznelson – “For Black History Month, I’m recommending a… Continue reading What we’re reading and watching this BHM…

everyday evil: trading safety for conspiracy…

This morning I received an email from a reader, soliciting advice from this community about a family matter deeply entwined with current events. I have permission to share it, and invite your replies. Your personal experiences, thoughts and advice are welcome… ******************* Dear Gathering, I learned last night that my cousin, a dear childhood friend,… Continue reading everyday evil: trading safety for conspiracy…

A Seismic Initiative We Can All Get Behind Right Now

“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me…” (Mark 9:37) The single most valuable initiative currently under consideration in Congress concerns historic and sustainable relief for American children living in poverty. Why is almost no one talking about it? Here’s how you can get up to speed quickly… Does bipartisanship matter… Continue reading A Seismic Initiative We Can All Get Behind Right Now

Black History Month: this February—and All Year

In 1926, revered historian Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) initiated “Negro History Week,” which became Black History Month in 1976. Dr. Woodson chose February because it contains President Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays. Dr. Woodson’s efforts countered the prevailing White dominant narrative that African Americans’ contributions were a “negligible factor” in American history (among his… Continue reading Black History Month: this February—and All Year

When Religion Sins: Evangelical Zeal and the False Gospel of Christian Nationalism

Recently, an African American friend and I were talking. She complimented me on a comment I made based on months of reading about the profound historical legacy of racial exploitation in the U.S. She remarked, “Of course we knew that, but it’s still nice to hear a white person say it.” I laughed and replied,… Continue reading When Religion Sins: Evangelical Zeal and the False Gospel of Christian Nationalism

73 Trees

Today I took down my Christmas tree – a bit earlier than usual, but it was getting a bit prickly and I thought it was best to spare it the indignity of acute decline. The ritual of dismantling the Christmas tree endures as a sacred celebration of reverence for the continuous thread of life winding through… Continue reading 73 Trees

#2020Gratitude—Top 5!

My mom told me my posts are “depressing.” I gather she means I could share more about what I’m thankful for. And I believe she’s right! While racialized capitalism  and other weighty topics are important to highlight, so too are the blessings I receive and the joy I feel (and joy is the very thing… Continue reading #2020Gratitude—Top 5!

A Herod of Our Own: the slaughter of innocence in the White House

In the afterdays of the first Christmas, brutal septuagenarian King Herod was eroding as he grew seriously ill with a number of painful diseases. His polarized legacy included credit for vast building projects alongside the murder of his favorite wife (of ten) and two sons who were judged insufficiently loyal. Ethnically Arab, culturally Greek, religiously… Continue reading A Herod of Our Own: the slaughter of innocence in the White House

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