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How to Build Racial Justice Campaigns That Last

Editor’s note: This piece is part 3 of our 4-part series on strategic nonviolent direct action for racial justice. Click here for to start at the beginning.

“Freedom only comes through persistent revolt — through persistent agitation.” 
– Rev.

Reflections of a Former Bully

By Kristyn Komarnicki

As a kid, I was a terrible bully. In 3rd grade, I kidnapped a kid’s blue rock, which he’d brought in for show-and-tell. I left a ransom note that reduced him to a tearful panic, which only made me hate him more.

4 Powerful Bible Verses to Share with Gay People

By Misty Irons

Seasoned ministers tell me that preaching and pastoring go hand in hand. You can’t know what to preach to people on Sunday unless you have already spent Monday through Saturday shepherding their hearts.

How CSA Is Observing Black August

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:10

You’d never suspect that this short, elderly South African man was once considered a threat to national security.

Can I Be Black and Christian?

By Micky ScottBey Jones

After the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, I was forever changed. Nothing could remain the same—not my mothering, not my relationships, not my faith. I needed more than The Power of a Praying Wife.

Living a Theology of Contrast Instead of Opposition

By Bridget Eileen Rivera

Originally published Jul 27, 2020 

I’ve been thinking a lot about “positions” lately and what it even means to hold a position.

When people ask about my “position” on “homosexuality,” it’s rarely in the interest of broadening their own perspective, understanding my own, or (God forbid) adjusting their beliefs.

How Parents Can Use the Bible to Equip Kids for the Work of Justice

By Sarah Driver

“Sorry kid, life’s not fair.”May we never again say that to a child.Children have a wonderful, natural instinct toward fairness and justice–and so often we caregivers squash it with phrases like that.How we nurture their instincts shapes their ability to discern and do the work of justice.

A Prayer for LGBTQ Youth Prayer Day

June 30 is the National Day of Prayer for LGBTQ+ Youth, when people from across faith traditions will unite to pray for the safety, well-being, and flourishing of LGBTQIA+ youth. Will you pray with us?

The Worst Famine Today Is Largely Out of Sight, Out of Mind

By Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon and Dr. Benjamin Norquist

One of the most devastating food crises in the world is mainly out-of-sight-out-of-mind for Americans. Most Americans probably could not easily find Yemen on a map, let alone know about the devastating impact of ongoing war and civil violence.