The face of racism is unassuming.  It is not an angry cropped hair white 20-something holding a torch screaming “you will not replace us!”  It is not a barrel-chested gun toting self-styled militia guy wearing a Confederate flag.  It is not the “Becky” or “Karen” calling the cops.  The face of racism is any white […]

Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.  People are now kneeling and praying and holding silence for this amount of time and it feels epic and unbearable.  It is easy in the midst of that interminable silence to understand how monstrous this act really was. By […]

What if instead of building our civic order around “police” and “criminal justice” we actually built it around public safety?  As a progressive faith leader, I resent the idea of any autonomous human being “policed” and the assumption of a reciprocal relationship between “criminality” and “justice” seems inadequate at best.  These terms mutually reinforce the […]

The problem isn’t just police.  The problem is the specific policing of blackness. Policing blackness is the attempt to constrain, contain, silence, appropriate, shape or otherwise mutilate the humanity of black people to suit white comfort.  Where it goes tragically wrong is when policing blackness is combined with a badge and a weapon and a […]

Freedom of and Freedom from Religion Coronavirus If you want to go out and take the risk of getting coronavirus by not wearing a mask, not physical distancing, not taking sanitary precautions…that is your choice.  However, the big challenge with this illness is not so much your vulnerability as the vulnerability of everyone around you; […]

Will we be in danger if we open? Danger.  This word stuck with me in a recent meeting with congregational leaders. I think it resonated with me so deeply because of all the moral implications of church being a danger…even a Unitarian Universalist one. As we discussed the prospect of re-opening as the coronavirus pandemic […]

Below is a link to the recorded worship for First Parish in Cambridge for Sunday, May 3.  Much of my work outside of supporting my congregation through this crisis has been involved with answering questions related to people experiencing homelessness.  Seeing the vulnerability of some of the people in our community has really exposed weaknesses […]

In the midst of a global pandemic and sweeping stay at home orders,  US gun sales and licensing are through the roof.  God bless America. In a country where there are already more guns than people, this is a sign of something extremely disturbing. It is a sign of sickness that over time has been […]