Faith Community Support of the Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative

Synopsis of the Project Saint Mark United Methodist Church and Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, Georgia collaborated together with the new Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion pilot program to Continue Reading

Just As I Am: Believer’s Baptism and Intellectual Disability

Introduction I have a friend named Billy. Billy has been a part of my worshiping community at First Baptist Church, Winchester, Virginia for about six years. He sits toward the Continue Reading

The Importance of Reflexivity in Cultivating Pastoral Preaching in Response to Communal Trauma

Laying down your life means making your own faith and doubt, hope and despair, joy and sadness, courage and fear available to others as ways of getting in touch with Continue Reading

Sabbath Rest: A Theological Response to Self-Care for African American Clergy

Introduction On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the San Francisco Bay Area faith community and the community-at-large suffered a tremendous loss. At 7 pm that evening, the Very Reverend James V. Continue Reading

Campus Ministry Sustained

Today’s Class Will Meet on Zoom What the New Arms Race in Higher Education Means Believe me, before I entered the doctor of ministry program at Emory’s Candler School of Theology Continue Reading

The Stained Glass Project: Revitalization Through Racial Reconciliation

Introduction Why Stained Glass? Other than a steeple adorned with a cross, there is no other clearer indicator of a “church” than stained glass windows. Ironically, stained glass serves as Continue Reading

Mama Tried: An Introduction to Intentional Modeling

Believed to be somewhat autobiographical, Mama Tried offers Merle Haggard’s lament at the pain he caused his mother by his incarceration. Music historians note that Haggard, who did serve a Continue Reading

The Power of Mourning: Creating Spaces of Vulnerability for Black Clergywomen to Lament & Holler

For years, I have followed the career of Dr. Miranda Bailey on ABC’s medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy. I have always been amazed by her intelligence, her leadership, her work ethic, Continue Reading