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 →
The attack occurred on February 22, 2020. One year ago this week. They were only slightly older, but I did not know the three women in their early thirties—these Strangers— who jumped me. Leaving a bar in Fells Point with my partner and two other friends, the women came out of nowhere and threw me… Continue reading a word on Mental Health for my Black and Brown friends →
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it remain in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me (John 15:4 KJV) Our journey on Earth requires pushing through darkness and reaching for light. So much surrounding us signals death, decay, and suffering—whether it’s… Continue reading Bearing Good Fruit in 2021—and Beyond →
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 →
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… →
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… →
“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 →
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 →
Today we begin our sixth month, and within the vast American schism, you’re invited to share a political chat in a safe space. Since our first post describing the rationale for gathering in such a forum, we’ve loved the emerging community that brings curiosity and engagement to our ongoing conversations. So we’re wondering how you… Continue reading You Choose: the next best political candidates →
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25, NIV). The Holy Ghost is ushering in a new season. Are we poised to embrace it? Signs and wonders are everywhere—but not in the way we expect. Take Stacey Abrams and Fair Fight, alongside other Georgia grassroots organizations, such… Continue reading Keep in Step with the Spirit →
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