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There are many misconceptions about Black women. Apparently, we come off as too aggressive, strong, and domineering; so I’ve been told. It is not uncommon for black women to feel like they have to make others feel comfortable when they’re in a group. The stories I have heard from the women of color I know is that they have to dampen aspects of their personality to fit in, whether it be the workplace or in ministry.  (more…)

It was to be a significant event in which I was humbled to be invited to support. Pastor Arthur Breland of United Church had been meeting with community leaders, neighbors, and the city of Atlanta to help change the name of the street, which his church sits on from Confederate Ave to United Ave. Arthur, who’s African-American had no desire to pastor a church that sits on a street named after a rebellious nation that was founded upon white supremacy.  (more…)

Recently, I was asked to write down some thoughts concerning what the March on Atlanta meant to me. I am sure the March had a profound impact on many. As a Latino man married to a black woman with 2 “mixed” kids leading a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic church, it was powerful, hopeful, and sobering. (more…)

I’m tired.

It’s my birthday today. I turn 51 years old. 

I’m tired.

And though this phrase fits me perfectly about 98% of the time, the words aren’t from me.  (more…)

On Tuesday, May 5th, a graphic video of Ahmaud Arbery’s death filled headlines and social media sites. By Sunday, May 10th, I had received more inquiries and messages from white people (particularly Christians) than I could emotionally or relationally manage. On top of the multitude of messages, I read social media post after social media post of Christians (particularly white Christians) expressing lament and/or expressing sentiment of not knowing what to do. (more…)

The past week has been a gut-wrenching experience in America. …for our black brothers and sisters who are experiencing the trauma of a racially motivated killing once again. …for Georgians who are experiencing a national tragedy so close to home. And for every person of color who has suffered hardship and wondered “how long, oh Lord?!”  (more…)