50 Years of Failure

I am a book reader – I love books and lucky for me, there are LOTS of incredible books to read including those that cover the current state of the criminal justice system. This month I am beginning a year-long series where each month I will write about a book I will read during the […]

My Letter to Texas Governor Abbott

This letter was sent this morning to Governor Abbott.    Dear Governor Abbott, I am a follower of Jesus who works at a community center in Washington DC where you have been sending busloads of asylum seekers for the past almost year. By your own count, you have chosen to send about 16,000 asylum seekers […]

The Silence of Solidarity

I am grateful for Cole Arthur Riley, the writer of Black Liturgies, for reminding me of the fact that during the Advent story in the gospels (looking specifically at Luke), the central characters and speakers are women. Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, are both given significant and […]

War on Christmas

This is easily my favorite time of the year. I love Christmas time and I was fortunate to grow up in a family that really stressed not just the spiritual importance of Christmas, but also the fun! As a kid I loved decorating our tree, listening to Christmas music, and driving around and seeing our […]

People Over Institutions

A basic tenet or truth of the Christian faith is that if we want to know who God is we must look to Jesus who was the fullest human manifestation of God on earth. His life, teachings, and ministry reveal the character of God. Likewise, if we want to know the historical person of Jesus […]

Respect the Choices of Others

This past week my family and I flew down to Texas to celebrate Thanksgiving with my whole extended family. It was really wonderful. One thing I noticed on both the flight to and from Texas was the announcement flight attendants gave before taking off that masks were optional and that passengers were asked to respect […]

Beyond the Headlines

This past week all of the headlines have focused on keeping score over who wins control of either the House or Senate in last week’s midterm elections. All of the constant media buzz has brought back memories of when I worked as an advocate on Capitol Hill on issues like immigration and mass incarceration. During […]

The Right to Vote

I recently read an important and incredibly well-researched book by Dr. Carol Anderson, One Person, No Vote. In it, Anderson records the history of disenfranchisement of people of color in the United States as well as the ongoing attempts to suppress their voting rights. The first chapter, which contains the history of disenfranchisement, is worth […]

Seek Good and Not Evil

After years of Republican candidates demonizing Nancy Pelosi in attack ads, and after Pelosi was literally hunted by the January 6 insurrectionists, her husband was violently attacked in the early morning on Friday by an assailant who wanted to wait for the Speaker to arrive with the hopes of killing her. And if that was […]

The True Measure

I am a sports fan so the first time I heard about what has been investigated in Mississippi since 2020 in regards to the stolen welfare funds was when it involved former NFL quarterback and Mississippi native, Brett Favre. A CNN article from a couple of days ago gives greater context to what is an […]