Still as Salt

By Madison Boboltz Someday I will dip my toes in the water of the sea I once crossed and realize it was never great enough to have drowned either of us. I held my breath when the angel passed over, terrified I would be stolen away, lost to my people. But safe I was under... Continue Reading →

Do These Names Sound Familiar?

By Jeremy Schulz   Do these names sound familiar?           Dominique Jackson.           Fifty Bandz.           Bianca “Muffin” Bankz.           Tyianna Alexander           Samuel Edmund Damián Valentin.             In 2016, Kimberlé Crenshaw appeared on a TED... 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 →

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 →

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 →

Reflection of God’s Love

Photo Credit: Alexander Solomon By Kasey Kelly "God loves all creatures." How can I trust that verse if an environment has shown me that God loves all creatures with conditions. Display my central prophet’s moments and gain positive feedback, then, not allowing others to experience being peripheral prophets. God kept me as a central prophet,... Continue Reading →

(un)becoming

Photo credit: Alexander Solomon This poem was originally performed at The Prophet’s  “Tongues of Fire” spoken word event.  By Alexander Solomon I stole something from the market today, a small piece of cheese come all the way from Switzerland. I think about it while you take a photo of me in a pose that is indicative... Continue Reading →

Why am I here

Photo credit: Alexander Solomon This reflection was originally performed at The Prophet’s  “Tongues of Fire” spoken word event.  By Melissa Martinez It’s the question I keep asking myself. Over and over. Someone commits yet another microaggression against me. Why am I here? My heart yearns for the land that my Daddy’s bones are returning too. I... Continue Reading →

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