Senator Cotton knows kids are hungry

By Alyssa BurlesonThe following is a response to Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton's proposed bill to cut off federal funding to public schools K-12 that choose to teach the New York Times Magazine's 1619 Project based upon his argument that the project is "left-wing garbage."I once traveled with a group of young United Methodists to D.C. for a... Continue Reading →

Ordinary Grace

This reflection is part of a collection of responses to the theme: “The View from Here?”  By Terra Frederick In the Fall Dr. Copeland asked us the question “how do you experience The Divine most often?” as an opening theological question to that day’s Christian Traditions lecture. We listed off answers as she scribed them on the... Continue Reading →

Reflections at a Vigil

This reflection is part of a collection of responses to the theme: “The View from Here.”  By Alexander Solomon How do I speak of that pain – of that pain – over there – to my left of two Black women, hardly twenty years of age, who held each other forehead to forehead hot tears... Continue Reading →

Beyond the Black-White Binary

This reflection is part of a collection of responses to the theme: “The View from Here”  By Camille Obata As are many of my peers, I have been turning inward to discern my role in upholding a society that perpetually lynches Black people. I've been trying to unpack the ingrained white privilege I have as... Continue Reading →

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This reflection is part of a collection of responses to the theme: “The View From Here”  By Mahalia Damm The deep belly laugh. The lover’s sleep-warm skin. The pink gift of morning, broken open. I’ve spoken frankly of pain but what of joy— Of the light that trembles my bones? It is there, scattered amidst... Continue Reading →

Breathe

By Laura Pierson When the quakes of the earth ring through your spine, let your breath be a reminder.   For each breath we take connects us back and across. Back to the days and lives that brought you here, across the web of beings near and far who carried you. Collectively, the rhythm of... Continue Reading →

Pregnant with Fire

Photo credit: Alexander Solomon This poem was originally performed at The Prophet’s “Tongues of Fire” spoken word event.  By Narges Shafeghati I was pregnant with fire that you agreed to extinguish On your distant mind a hall filled with people _____whose memory haunts us until we sanctify them, _____wrap them in aluminum foil and light them... Continue Reading →

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