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Modern-day versions of Paul's letters to the churches with a focus on racial and social justice.

Dear Church, What Spaces Will You Create?

By Charles Williams | June 30, 2019

Dear Church, Lately, I have been pondering the question, “What drives my passion for racial reconciliation?” In 2002, my family moved to the suburbs of Charleston, SC from the projects of Queens, NY.  I left an environment where race was freely discussed at home, school, and church to a place where the conversation of race…

Dear Church, Let’s Break Bread and Drink Wine

By Hannah Asters | May 29, 2019

Dear Church, Like every good preacher’s kid, I was due a crisis of faith somewhere between my late-teens and early twenties. I would not say that my relationship with Jesus ever faltered but my relationship with his church certainly did. Now, I do not for a second regret or dismiss my Southern Baptist roots. I…

Dear Church, Serve Alongside Others

By Coleen O'Leary | April 30, 2019

  Dear Church, I want to sit here and talk about the ways I wish the Church would do better. I want to rattle off the ways I wish people would really step up and make progress. But I also think the most vulnerable and honest way I can talk about this idea of serving…

Dear Church, Wash Your Face

By Danielle Blevins | March 28, 2019

On March 8th, the world celebrated International Women’s Day. It’s a day in Women’s History Month that recognizes the incredible contributions achieved and accomplished by women, overcoming the systemic prejudices of patriarchal societies around the globe. But it also highlights the constant battles women around the world must face for actual equality and equity with…

Dear Church, Be Love and Do Good

By Dale Francis | February 25, 2019

Dear Church, February has two popular community activity themes of national interests and benefit, Saint Valentine’s Day and Black History Month.  Both themes promote acts of love and thoughts of consideration and conciliation.  Valentine’s Day provides an opportunity to remember to love.  It spreads joy throughout the community.  Black History acknowledges the works of African…

Dear Church, It’s Time to Overturn Tables

By Kahlida Lloyd | January 31, 2019

Dear Church, Anger. It is something that we don’t talk about much. We have categorized anger as a sin; however, the emotion of anger is not a sin. According to Ephesians 4:26-27 (The Message), “Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t…

Dear Church, Follow Christ and Not the World

By Branden Polk | December 20, 2018

Dear Church, In February of 2017, I traveled to Colorado Springs to take part of a prayer event and to spend some time with friends. During a down moment we headed to a department store for lunch and for some ‘light’ shopping. The checkout line was pretty long, filled with very pregnant women preparing for…

Dear Church, I Am A Racist

By Steve Graybill | November 20, 2018

Dear Church, In August 2011, I read my first Dr. Martin Luther King book, Strength to Love.  This book would be a turning point in my life, not so much because of what was written on its pages, well yes, it was what was written on its pages, but not in the usual sense.  You…

Dear Church, pray for graceful solutions for our wicked problems

By John Stewart | October 31, 2018

Dear Church, I am so honored to be here with you, readers and authors alike. I resonate with so much of what has been shared in this blog space. The intersection of the Church, race, and injustice is messy and entangled. Each overwhelming on its own. To approach them together, is to walk toward the…

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