Where I live in B.C., the smoky haze is finally clearing, and I can actually see some blue sky this morning! Yet as a province we're still in a state of emergency due to wildfires continuing to rage out of control in some areas, with more evacuation orders issued over the weekend. So I've been trying … Continue reading How to Pray Against Racial Hostility
One of the many things I love about poetry is the way it gives voice to things that may be difficult to say any other way. That's why I read poetry, and why I write it, although my poetry is generally not for publication and more stream-of-consciousness than anything else. This poem is a case … Continue reading Pretty Colours at the Grocery Store: a poem on race
At last week's SBLAAR meetings, I was glad to see Drew Hart, now assistant professor in theology at Messiah College who also blogs for The Christian Century. We were both on our way to meet other people, so our exchange outside the Exhibit Hall was brief--so brief that I totally forgot to tell him how much … Continue reading A Thicker Understanding of Racism in the Church
One morning as I scanned my church email, most of the names and subject lines were familiar. Our guest speaker for the coming Sunday had sent her sermon title. Our music coordinator wanted to discuss the worship flow and congregational singing. Our denominational office had sent the usual weekly email of announcements and prayer requests. … Continue reading Striving to Embrace Our Multi-Ethnic Community
Last week I took part in my first-ever Google Hangout -- #MennoNerds on Race, Mutuality, and Anabaptist Community. In this post I share the video of our conversation, offer some further reflections, and outline some practices toward racial reconciliation.
I'm part of several different online communities and learning a lot from each one - in areas that we have in common and in areas that challenge me. In another 10 days, I plan to take part in #MennoNerds on Race, Mutuality, and Anabaptist Community. You're invited to join us live, or watch it later.
For me the most striking thing about the recent "People of the Valley" exhibit at The Reach was not the history itself, but the way the exhibit contrasted and compared with what I know of that history from my own personal and family experience. It felt strange to see culture and history on display in one way, and at the same time to know them from the inside out in a somewhat different way.