Category: Community

Learning to See

Where one lives plays a crucial role in determining access to opportunity, and learning to see “opportunity” and its effects is an important part of understanding our world and how to pursue justice in it. […]

Malcolm X and The Power of Small Things

“The fame we get from fighting for the freedom of others creates a prison for us”…

Teapots in Babylon

My personal connection to the language of “Babylon” has been growing for some time…

Trouble to See #3: Beyond the Romance

I never visited the Catskills in the heyday of Jewish resorts. But Eleanor Bertstein’s portrait of one liminal summer there reflects something essential in my own experience, albeit in a non-Jewish neighborhood of Chicago, and […]

“Wrestling Jerusalem” and Listening thru Oppression

“…but they did not heed because of shortness of spirit-breath” (Exodus) “It’s complicated…” (“Wrestling Jerusalem”) Early on in the Exodus story, we learn that the Hebrew slaves in Egypt were unable to absorb Moses’ message […]

Praying STILL with Voices of Grief

Sandra Bland. Alonzo Smith. Natasha McKenna. Jamar Clark. The heartbreaking and indicting list goes on. Activists and mourners from the DC area and around the country joined together last year, at this season, for “Voices […]

Life, Liberty, and the Promise of Peace

Readers may have noticed a long silence on this blog. But I have not been entirely silent. At start of June 2015, I began an additional blog, #SayThisName, to mark those lost to homicide and […]

Morning: Blessing, with Echo of Gunshots

How lovely are these tents! not far from housing that has seen better days and housing that has seen too many awful ones. I love the place of Your house, reached through streets collecting cigarette […]

Seek the Peace of the City

Houses of worship across the United States are separated by many things: culture, religious denomination, style of prayer, theology and language. We’re also separated by demographics and location, even in the same town. I believe […]

(Beyond 39)

“With social media, people were no longer talking. The [contemporary storytelling] movement really began because people missed people. That’s what storytelling does: It connects people.” So Syd Lieberman told Sam Payne of “The Apple Seed” […]