When I first encountered blatant racism as a child in elementary school, my first reaction was to cry.  This didn’t win me any friends or empathy.  In fact, it simply garnered more teasing and bullying.  I was already a bookish kid who dressed funny and wasn’t afraid to use his adult vocabulary.  I was also […]

I am a minister, I am black and I serve a predominantly white congregation.  The definition “white congregation” extends beyond the physical and also appears in priorities and perceptions of the congregation as well.  I am not alone.  I have many colleagues from a wide variety of non-white backgrounds who have chosen to work, serve, […]

I make it a habit to never question someone’s racial cred.  In a world of blended families, interracial families and trans-racial adoptions, none of us has any business questioning someone else’s racial identity.  So when I point out the fact that both Barack Obama and Kamala Harris are bi-racial and the fact that none of […]

I will keep this short… There is a global pandemic…Covid-19 …also anti-black racism …also violence against women …also fear and isolation of disabilities. …and more. The United States faces its own unique epidemic…gun entitlement …also militarized (hyper-masculinized) concepts of policing …also health and wellness that is the national equivalent of cotton in the early 1800s. […]

Listening to Rev. Joan Javier-Duval’s sermon at the closing worship of the UUA General Assembly, there was one word that resonated particularly deeply with me: Liberation.  Her message is a beautiful arc of what moving toward liberation can actually look like and I hope we take her challenge and continue crossing bridges to the other […]

When I was a child in New York City, my parents were very keen on my brother and me visiting pretty much every museum we could on a regular basis.  Being artists themselves, I was four or five years old when I first visited the The American Museum of Natural History.  I’m embarrassed to admit […]

The most inspiring rethink of justice systems I’ve seen or heard happens at First Parish in Cambridge.  The Middlesex County Homeless Court is a unique justice intervention where, instead of being simply arrested and punished, people who are experiencing homelessness who end up interacting with law enforcement are questioned about their unique situation and when […]