Give me your feet and I will give you mine: Footwashing amongst the Baptists and Episcopalians

    I can say with confidence that I have washed more feet than any Episcopal priest that I know. This is not because my previous parishes enthusiastically embraced Maundy Thursday. No, I make this claim this because I was raised as a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. In that tradition, once per month … More Give me your feet and I will give you mine: Footwashing amongst the Baptists and Episcopalians

Two Boats, One Gospel: Black History Month and the Church’s Witness

(Orthodox icon of the Church as boat)   And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for … More Two Boats, One Gospel: Black History Month and the Church’s Witness

Blaming the Africans: Cultural Imperialism and the Meeting of the Primates

Sally Struthers was the first to introduce me to Africa. She told me that while 70 cents would garner me a coke, that same two quarters and four nickels could feed an African. My next memory of Africa comes from watching the rise and fall of that famed warrior Shaka Zulu. In the movie,  his … More Blaming the Africans: Cultural Imperialism and the Meeting of the Primates

Mourning and the Kingdom: Paris, Beirut, Nigeria.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted –Jesus Christ One of the central tenants of the loosely organized movement labeled “black lives matter” is the idea that black lives are not as highly prized as others. It was never, at least in the Christian appropriation of the term, meant to negate the … More Mourning and the Kingdom: Paris, Beirut, Nigeria.