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 m...

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 we will perish together as fools – the choice is ou...

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 f...

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...

Reflections on Clergy Health

In the bleak midwinter, sometimes we could use a belly laugh. Here is one that will resonate with my dear colleagues. I get a call from the hospital early one morning due to a critical incident with a congregant. With that, I put on my “formal attire”- cler...

Pilgrimage, like life, all about the journey

We followed a yellow arrow for 31 days. Sometimes it was a sign or marker engraved with a scallop shell, pointing us in the right direction. We walked on natural paths, paved roads and rocky trails, crossed wat...