If you’re a parent, this is no time to be silent with your kids. Get in front of the hard conversation about the realities of racism. We can speak to our kids in age-appropriate ways. We can be models for them. We know racial injustice exists. We wouldn’t be here if it didn’t. We must teach our children about racism. If we don’t, someone else … Continue reading White People: Talk to Your Kids about Racism
The below sermon was preached on this Sunday morning, 5/31/20, (and also posted to his blog) by my loving Brother, Pastor Todd Atkins-Whitley in Danville, CA. Whether you show up in our world as secular or religious, the words spoken matter. #blacklivesmatter This sermon was preached at Danville Congregational Church United Church of Christ on May 31, 2020 My friends—what a heart-breaking week this has … Continue reading What’s that Sound?
I read a blog post this morning which provided a gentle reminder to seek the beauty in life’s imperfection. I found power in the words for myself, and I believe my children will also. They are perfectionists in their own ways. I edited and enhanced some of the writing for resonance with my children specifically and have posted both versions below. I am going to … Continue reading Imperfection
I remember the first time I was sexually violated. I was 13 years old and just out of middle-school. While I was “in love” with a boy in my 8th grade class, I had no idea what sex was. I do not recall ever having a “sex-ed” class at school. As far as my young mind was concerned, sex was kissing a boy with an … Continue reading Oppression – My Story About Being Female
When I drove into the parking lot of the drugstore that day I had no reason to think the visit would be any different from any other visit I had made to pick up a prescription at the pharmacy. This particular drugstore’s parking lot on the Westside is a regular hotbed for the local homeless community. I think it has something to do with the … Continue reading Dirty Blanket
How do I find myself here on earth with the blessings I have been bestowed? How did my brother and I come to be joined in this life together? Our story is one that was written in the stars before we were even born. via The Star of my Heart Continue reading The Star of my Heart