Reconciliation: Are we down with it?

This edition of Connections is about reconciliation, looked at from various angles. All the stories and testimonies presented here center on overcoming separation, enmity and prejudice within the framework of C...

People and boxes

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve spent most of my professional life stereotyping people. Of course, we didn’t call it stereotyping. We called it market segmentation. You and I have been grouped into so many market segments that your head would spin if you kn...

Reconciliation or not?

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry recently said, “One of the most important statements of our time was given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when he said we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or w...

Awakening

  Growing up with red hair and freckles in the early 1970s, I am no stranger to being “the other.” While now there seems to be an abundance of ginger kids running around, back in the day I felt like a freak – and other kids were happy to contribute a l...

Why I’m prejudiced and so are you

I spend much of my time on the road, speaking to large audiences. Since Charleston, I promised myself that I’d bring up race and white privilege as often as possible. I do it awkwardly and imperfectly, but I do...

Privilege and bias: Never stop learning

When our boys’ neighborhood friends play with toy guns or hide and seek in the neighborhood at night, we will have to tell our sons they cannot go out and play. For the sake of our two sons, now ages four and ...