I feel sorry for you

I feel sorry for you

It's easy to hate Donald Trump and the people who work for him. It's easy to hate people who call white supremacists "good people", who steal children from their parents, who call Mexicans rapists, and sexually assaults dozens of women. Sometimes the small outrages pile up so high I want to scream. I want to be furious that I have to live in this country and live under this administration, but I found that anger only takes me so far. Sure, it gets me through a few days or weeks, even. But it runs out eventually and it certainly doesn't change anything. You cannot hate your enemy into becoming your friend. 

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And the Youth Shall Lead Them

And the Youth Shall Lead Them

When the Parkland shooting happened last month, I was numb at first. I couldn't even feel the depth of the pain for the Parkland community. There had already been 8 school shootings in 2018 and I thought this one would fade from the news just as quickly as those had. I have never been so glad to be wrong. The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have changed the national conversation about gun control and what the response of survivors can be.

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February Digest

February Digest

January may have lasted forever, but February was over in the blink of an eye. This month was about settling into the normalcy of life in Atlanta once again. I saw several of the Oscar-nominated movies, went to the opening weekend of Black Panther, and did a lot of cooking. Life isn’t very glamorous these days, as my One Second Everyday App will attest, but I know it’s still where I’m supposed to be.

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Dismantling the White Supremacy Inside Me

Dismantling the White Supremacy Inside Me

I didn't use to talk about white supremacy. When I first began to really learn about the injustices facing people of color in America, it was in the context of reconciliation. I learned that white people and people of color were separated and our communities relationships were badly fractured. These fractures required reconciliation. While that may be true, I've begun to see that I moved too quickly to reconciliation.

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India

India

In the middle of your time at Columbia, all M.Div students are required to go on an immersion learning trip, either in the city of Atlanta, within the United States, or somewhere around the world. I was chosen for the trip to India, as one of 14 students and led by 3 faculty members. Above all, I am so grateful to this incredible group of peers and professors. I was constantly encouraged and challenged by each of them. 

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