My Messy Beginning

Friend, Joy Becker, finishes this blog series sheer bravery.  Her willingness to express where she is on this messy journey of privilege and racial reconciliation is authentic.  I've been honored to collaborate and share the perspectives of Mika, Amy and Joy during the past four weeks.  Perspectives unlike my own.  I've grown.  I pray that …

Miseducation of Privilege

As a Black Christian woman I have more anxiety on the Sunday or Monday following tragic events such as the #Charlottesville attack because the work of racial reconciliation is exhausting.  The Sunday following Charlottesville (which happened to be less than 24 hours later), I remember being hopeful as I entered church that I would regain …

How Do I Handle My White Privilege?

In this blog, Amy Seiffert shares her authentic perspective on privilege in a vulnerable way.  Amy and I are participating in a collaborative blog series  with other women where we will share our perspective on privilege and racial reconciliation.  Our collective prayer is that as you journey with us your heart will be open to what …

Perspectives on Privilege & Racial Reconciliation: A Collaborative Blog Series

My friend Shamika KariKari, affectionately known as Mika, has gathered myself and two other women to collaborate on perspectives in privilege and racial reconciliation over the next four weeks. I'm stoked to collaborate with these women!  Mika starts us off  this week with her heart and perspective.   Heather and Holly were the first friends …

Fresh out of Explanations

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."  - James Baldwin What an emotionally exhausting few weeks.  A time to lament the grave injustice of our "just-us" system in America.  It seems that justice is illusive for some and not others. Since hearing that officer Jeronimo …

Unveiling Hidden Figures

The movie "Hidden Figures" took me on a roller coaster of emotions that I am not sure I've come down from.  Many [many] years ago, I was a budding engineer interning at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL who later turned down an offer to work as a long term engineer there.   At that …

The Blessings and Burdens of being Black

These burdens remain. One of the first blogs I published when I began this journey.  Originally shared February 2015.

Precious Predilections

burdenA burden by definition is a load that is especially heavy for one to carry. A blessing, on the contrary, is a beneficial thing for which one is grateful.  Is it feasible for someone to be grateful for a load that is especially heavy for them to carry?  I submit to you that it depends on the load.  There is not a day that I rise that I am not grateful that God made me a Black woman.  This is true.  I am honored and proud to be Black.  But there is another truth; and it is that I’ve had some negative experiences as a direct result of being Black.

Today I would like for readers to reflect upon a burden that is carried and rarely spoken of.  It is the burden of being Black.  In the same vein, I ask readers to identify blessings of being Black.  I have…

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