Black Lives Matter symposium
The BLM movement has issued a clarion call to the church, the black church in particular, to affirm a theology of resistance, not respectability. This means reckoning with who Jesus is.
In the civil rights movement, language of political participation was central. BLM activists are making a more profound demand.
The church as field hospital
The church I dream of goes out onto the field of battle—not to kill and maim on either side's behalf, but to bind up wounds.
Putting up signs is great. Talking about racism together is even better.
Disaster is understandable for black lives—they are antagonists in a narrative of humanity written to serve white supremacy. To say "black lives matter" is to interrupt this story.
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