Daniel Hill is the Author of White Awake: An honest look at what it means to be white and 10:10: Life to the Fullest. He is the Founding and Senior Pastor of River City Community Church, located in the west Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, a church that is on the quest to become a multiethnic community of Jesus-followers that transforms the city of Chicago through worship, […]
Kaitlin Curtice is a Native American Christian author, speaker and worship leader. She is the author of Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places. Her writing has appeared in Sojourners in addition to the Patheos blog and her own website www.kaitlincurtice.com. Kaitin is an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Citizen Band and she writes on the intersection of American spirituality, mystic […]
A recent trip to Alaska has me reflecting on our human longings for wildness and safety, the church as refuge, and how Parachutes, a drop-in center for high-risk, street-involved youth in Anchorage is creating a safe physical, social and spiritual space for teens.
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The Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley and his wife Edith are co-sustainers of Eloheh Farm, a permaculture, regenerative teaching farm, school and community in Newberg, Oregon. Dr. Woodley, a legal descendent of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, is an activist/scholar, distinguished speaker, teacher and wisdom keeper who addresses a variety of issues concerning American culture, faith, justice, diversity, racism, our relationship with the earth and Indigenous […]
D.L. Mayfield is the author of Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith. Her writing has been featured in numerous publications, such as McSweeny’s, Relevant, Geez, The Toast, and Conspire! Her recent articles include “Facing Our Legacy of Lynching,” a cover story for Christianity Today and “Church Planting and the Gospel of Gentrification,” a cover story for Sojourners. She has […]
If you've spent any time in the Twitterverse, by now you've seen all sorts of responses and recommended responses for the church – and they don't all agree. I just want to highlight two things:
1. What we witnessed was nothing new – especially not for people of color – it was just overt. It was an extreme expression of the white supremacy and racism that people of color encounter and are harmed by every […]
“He called me into his office the day before I was supposed to make partner,” my friend recently told me. He had been an accountant at this firm for his entire career since he graduated college 14 years earlier. That day his boss told him that the budget for the coming year didn’t have room to add a new partner – “but probably next year!”
A young lawyer told me the other […]
Most people who get involved in neighborhood church planting end up becoming failed missionaries. And I think you should become one too!
You see, once you “swallow the pill” of seeking to be the church in a particular place, you end up discovering that much of what you thought of previously as “missional” doesn't actually line up with the kinds of things Jesus calls his followers to be about. So, you fail at the conventional understanding […]
Wendy VanderWal Gritter is the Executive Director of Generous Space Ministries, a Canada-based organization that cultivates safe and radically hospitable spaces for conversation about faith, gender and sexuality. Generous Space is committed to eliminating the fear, division and hostility that so often mark the church’s engagement with these issues. She is also the author of Generous Spaciousness, a book that offers pastoral guidance to church leaders, […]