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I Wish I Didn’t Know Who George Floyd Was

By Michael Stalcup
I wish I didn’t know who George Floyd was,
had never heard his name or seen his face
displayed on screens or blazoned on brick walls,
unbreathing monuments to life erased.

History Makers: Fred Shuttlesworth

By Lauren Grubaugh Thomas
The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth was a pastor and civil rights leader whose conviction and courage consistently led him to the frontlines of the struggle for justice. As someone who pushed his peers to greater risk-taking, Shuttlesworth’s leadership was crucial in elevating the cause for racial justice to the national conversation.

History Makers: Ella Baker

By Sarah String
Ella Josephine Baker was born in 1903, in Norfolk, Virginia. Growing up in the segregated South, she witnessed firsthand the injustices faced by African Americans. Her grandmother, who was formerly enslaved, instilled in her a strong sense of pride and resilience. The Great Depression also imprinted values like what it means to live in and through suffering. 

History Makers: Howard Thurman

Howard Thurman, born on November 18, 1899, in Daytona Beach, Florida, stands as a towering figure in American history, leaving an indelible mark as an author, philosopher, theologian, and civil rights leader.

The Lynching of the Son of Man: Q&A with Brian Zahnd

By Brian Zahnd
The cross is many things. One of the revelations of the cross is the divine repudiation of systems that seek to dominate a minority population through lethal force. When the powers that be justify their actions with empty euphemisms like “appropriate use of force,” the cross calls them to account.

Is Hope a Hustle?

By Irwyn Ince

Growing up in a city like New York, you get used to a hustle. You might even end up doing a little hustling yourself. The hustler offers someone something of value, or something another person may desire.

Join Baby Jesus on the Margins

By J. Mark Bowers
When the newborn King arrived on the margins, economically and physically on the wrong side of power, His agenda was larger than just rescuing me or you. He had the entire cosmos in mind. While Jesus came to save us from our personal sins, His work on the cross put all things right again, including the systems of the world (Colossians 1:19-20).


By Michael Stalcup
We were almost used
to living in the dark,
to being powerless,

that day you quietly
pulled the lid off the sky
of a world below