9 Ways to Engage About Race

9 Ways to Engage About Race

When I was invited to join an online panel conversation about race, mutuality, and community, I wasn’t sure what to expect. All five panelists and our moderator were at least loosely part of the same Anabaptist blogging community, so we shared some basic...
10 Cents with a Side of Anger

10 Cents with a Side of Anger

It started out like any other day. I worked in a small National Tea Grocery store. It was Friday and the store was pretty full. The time would fly when we were busy, and that was fine with me. Other than a “price check,” it was business as usual. Or so I thought. I...
The Purpose of Chaos

The Purpose of Chaos

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You” (Isaiah 26:3). Sometimes I write things that surely are not of my own doing. I reread this recently,  and it laid over me like Ezekiel’s rain blessing.  “Perfect Peace. The...
Was Blind, but Now I See: My Sankofa Story

Was Blind, but Now I See: My Sankofa Story

Sankofa is a word from the Akan people of West Africa (primarily Ghana and the Ivory Coast). It is both a word in the Twi language and one of over a hundred Adinkra symbols used by the Ashanti people (one of many Akan subgroups). It translates to “go back and get it,”...
Healing from Race-Based Trauma

Healing from Race-Based Trauma

When my family and I moved back home to America from South Africa, we were not prepared for what would greet us upon our return. The dead of winter in Boston with its frigid temperatures, gray skies, and snow were the least of them. We also noticed that the social...

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