A Matter of Life and Death: How Eulogists Inform and Influence Homegoings

  Introduction My brother Eric was the oldest of eight children.  Considered one of the smartest boys in our county, he skipped two grades in school and graduated early. Attending 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

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

resilien·city: a resurrected, resilient community

   a pastor’s vision for transforming a dying church into a resurrected, resilient community When I first came to Old West Church from Georgia, I was told it was a Continue Reading

Reading the Bible with Rembrandt: Exploring Interpretation through Art

“When Mary is greeted by the angel Gabriel, where is she and what is she doing? How do you imagine her?”  I posed these questions to the students, after we had Continue Reading

Behind, In, In Front of

  Behind, In, In Front of A Study in Communal Hermeneutics Introduction Upon taking the reins as the pastor of a small United Methodist congregation in Westfield, NY, I quickly 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