Rest in Reason, Move in Passion, Rise in Love

The awakening has started, there’s no denying it. The drowsy are stirring, the young are rising, and the resistance is forming. I saw it in the streets of Portland, when thousands banded together to mourn and grieve the recent election. I saw it when local high school students participated in an organized walk out, trying […]

Giving Up My Need to Be Right

“When a person tells you that you hurt them, you don’t get to decide that you didn’t.” ~Louis C.K. I have been on an embarrassingly long road toward doing real justice work.  Embarrassingly long. The justice work that calls to me is the seemingly radical notion that all people are deserving of equal rights, treatment, […]

Dear Justice

Dear Justice, Old friend, it has been a while, hasn’t it? Do you remember those countless, sleepless nights when we sat on my bedroom floor, planning meetings, writing grant proposals and dreaming of days when peace would reign and love would flourish? Remember those long, passionate speeches I would give my peers on why they […]

When We Lament

The days following the American election plunged me into lament. Everything around me was in grayscale; everything in me was melancholy. Yet full-scale lament was premature because the worst hadn’t happened yet. What I witnessed on election night was the first fracture in the wall, not the total crumbling of the city that Daughter Zion […]

We Start at a Loss

I am at a loss. In the aftermath of the U.S. election I see the national terrain differently. I see people differently. The veneer is gone. I can’t unsee what’s been revealed. I made time to lament for seven days. Black was all I saw, all I felt, and so all I wore. The grief […]