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As we focus on Christian nationalism, it’s also vital to confront our Christian privilege. Like white privilege, it’s hard for Christians to see their Christian privilege. Like the air we breathe, we don’t see it or think about it. […] Read More

After white supremacists descended on Charlottesville in August 2017, the Charlottesville Clergy Collective decided it would not allow the conflict that engulfed its city to define the future. […] Read More

Partnering with organizations committed to seeking racial justice and reconciliation, will cover three upcoming events focused on racism in the U.S. […] Read More

Baptist leaders will host an event on Aug. 12 to counter a white supremacist rally set to take place in Washington, D.C., on the same day – one year after the Charlottesville clash. […] Read More

The first anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is approaching. I want to reflect on that event and highlight what the faith communities in the Charlottesville area have been doing since then to address racism in our community. The events of Aug. 11-12 traumatized us; we are still feeling the aftermath […] Read More

The first and most basic step toward doing something evil is when you consider another person as something less. Less godly. Less good. Less human. When Europeans decided Africans with their superstitious religions were less godly, with their cannibilistic ways were less good, with their primitive jungle ways were less human, they justified capturing them, […] Read More

Education is more than information. The late Jean Hendricks, a wise dean in one of Mercer University’s academic units, reminded our teaching team of this frequently. She meant, of course, that while information is essential for living as an informed participant in community, how we think and act based on that information is essential as […] Read More

I thought that after two sermons that touched on the issue, and a column for, I could talk about something else, at least for a little while. My church, Elk Creek Baptist, holds an 8:30 a.m. service on church-owned property on Lake Anna in Louisa, Virginia. The water, trees and sky add to our […] Read More

All my life I have lived in Virginia, where dozens of battles were fought over whether we really believe we are created equal. There was plenty of death and destruction. None came close to ending the struggle that had already raged for two and one-half centuries. On Aug. 12, another century and a half on, […] Read More

I was serving as a short-term supply pastor years ago for a very small congregation in rural Virginia. My third Sunday there fell on the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, so I decided to weave a couple of sentences from King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech into my sermon. It seemed appropriate, especially since […] Read More