Nurturing Justice: Mentoring Young People in Their Quest for a Fair and Just World

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Profile: Hwang Kumju Halmoni

This article is the first in a series of profiles of Korean Women by Dr. Angela Son.  (References are from: Keith Howard, ed., Trues Stores

Posted on: February 27, 2020.

I Want to Change the World, So How Do I Do That?

As a high school teacher, my favorite assignment to give was the protest paper. It started in one class after reading All Quiet on the

Posted on: February 27, 2020.

Annie Lockhart-Gilroy, "My Hopes for 2020"

By this time, many people have abandoned their New Year’s resolutions. According to US News and World Reports, 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by

Posted on: February 15, 2020.

Reject the Premise

As a professor and someone who lectures and make presentations outside of the classroom, I field my fair share of questions.  I have come to

Posted on: December 22, 2019.

We Ain’t Afraid to Sing a World

I’d like to teach the world to sing In perfect harmony I am lyric, rhythm Melody The dissonance within Is the sultry sound of Global

Posted on: November 28, 2019.

To Whom Does My Body Belong?

During an interview on the Ladies Like Us podcast, rapper, actor and TV host, T.I. created a firestorm by sharing that he accompanies his 18-year-old

Posted on: November 27, 2019.

We Flesh: Embodied Flesh, Death and Dying, and the Earth

This is the first post by new contributor Rev. Donna Olivia Owusu-Ansah. Rev. Owusu-Ansah is also a participant in the SJLP's Seedbed Project. Stay tuned for

Posted on: October 24, 2019.

Teaching about Gender and Sexuality in the Bible: Reflections from a Seminary Classroom for Congregations

In August, I had the opportunity to present at a gathering of United Methodist Scholars who support LGBTQIA+ inclusion in Dallas, Texas. I joined thirty-three

Posted on: September 29, 2019.

"The Struggle"

Tyrone Birkett Emancipation at the Harlem Arts Festival. Performing "The Struggle" with dancer Theara Ward. This is Tyrone Birkett's final submission to the Justice Blog.

Posted on: September 17, 2019.

Rhythm of Breath: An Exodus Poetics of Becoming

All throughout the African Diaspora the Spirit is manifest as an exodus of human souls dispersed the world around with a common purpose carrying a

Posted on: September 2, 2019.

I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around (Revisited)

Re-imaging of the Freedom Song "I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" by Tyrone Birkett | Emancipation. A song in their series of Postmodern

Posted on: August 27, 2019.

Warrior Women: Truth, Social Justice, and the American Way, Part 3

I couldn’t help myself.  I had to write a trilogy. It seemed only fitting that blog posts about what those who work for social justice

Posted on: August 27, 2019.

The Costs of Our Theologies

In June, ProPublica published the results of an investigation into a Memphis, Tennessee, based healthcare nonprofit that ran its own debt collections agency and sued

Posted on: August 27, 2019.


Lyric By Sharon Kimberly Williams   sweet syntax woven into worlds crafting the matters of the heart and mind and soul and Spirit into a

Posted on: August 6, 2019.

FUMC Westfield Justice Gardens

Gardens are often a place for reflection.  Before Jesus was betrayed, the Gospels report that He chose the Garden of Gethsemane to pour out His

Posted on: July 23, 2019.

The Hero's Arc: Truth, Social Justice, and the American Way, Part 2

In my last blog post, I waved my comic geek flag high as I celebrated comic book characters and movies and showed that there is

Posted on: July 13, 2019.

"Motherless Child (Revisited)" A live performance at WNYC/Greene Space

“Motherless Child (Revisited)” defines my Postmodern Spiritual* concept at this early stage of development. The plan was to catch on to the tiny, seemingly insignificant

Posted on: July 13, 2019.

Why names matter, or, it’s not all about Paul.

When was the last time you heard something about Romans 16:1-16? This letter of Paul is incredibly important in Protestantism: Martin Luther encouraged daily reading

Posted on: June 29, 2019.

Teacher as Band Leader

Somewhere along my life’s journey, I learned to play an Australian Aboriginal instrument called the didjeridoo. The didjeridoo is a percussion instrument, said by the

Posted on: June 16, 2019.

Making the Shift: from Gatekeepers to Change Agents

It has been increasingly exhausting to keep up with the “You can’t all yourself Christian if…” conversations that circulate in our faith communities and social

Posted on: June 11, 2019.

Justice Music: "Those Who Backs Are Against the Wall"

This song was inspired by Howard Thurman and the phrase so deeply embedded "Those Whose Back Are Against the Wall." It is “for those who

Posted on: June 11, 2019.

"Breathing Freedom," Dedicated to Eric Garner

“Breathing Freedom” is a musical work that depicts a dream of Eric Garner surviving the assault on his person by police brutality. The pre-chorus quotes

Posted on: May 21, 2019.

Graduation and Mother’s Day: Remembering Generations of Womanist and Feminist Scholar Activism

  As another academic year comes to a close, many of us in academia are attending graduations. Routinely the dean, president, or honored guest reminds the

Posted on: May 14, 2019.

Truth, Social Justice, and the American Way

Truth, Social Justice, and the American Way[i] I am a HUGE fan of comic book heroes.  I am especially a fan of good superhero movies. 

Posted on: May 7, 2019.

Poem: A Prayer in April

A Prayer in April Everyone is but a breath. (Psalm 39:5) Notre Dame, after the Fire. Photo by Christophe Petit Tesson Creator, if I had

Posted on: May 6, 2019.

What do Good Friday, Teens, and Dating have in Common?

Most of us do not connect discussions of teen dating with Sunday School discussions about Good Friday. There may be some theological traditions who would

Posted on: May 1, 2019.

Justice Music: Repentance

The Second Movement from Tyrone Birkett's Ashes, Star(Dust), Ashe. Please welcome Tyrone Birkett as a new, regular writer on the Justice Blog! 3 Movements (Overture) Ashes,

Posted on: April 24, 2019.

Shaping the Future with Strength from the Past

In my last post, I argued that thinking about the past in a particular way created a crippling nostalgia that undermined future thinking and development.

Posted on: April 15, 2019.

Shameless: A Book Review

On July 8, 2018, Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber left the House for all Sinners and Saints, an 11-year-old Denver church she had founded, in order

Posted on: April 15, 2019.

Painted sign saying "Fight poverty, not the poor."

If Churches Looked Like Libraries: Imagining New Sanctuary Spaces

Being a bi-vocational Presbyterian minister and reference technician at a public library has opened my eyes to the ways in which people find communal meaning

Posted on: April 1, 2019.

Victor Wooten - SJLP Partner!

It is a worthwhile question to ask – “How did you get five time Grammy Award winning Victor Wooten to teach an entire day at

Posted on: March 24, 2019.

Justice Music: Ashes, Star(Dust), Ase’

Guest Post by Tyrone Birkett  Ashes, Star(Dust), Ase’ is a creative art meditation on the meaning of the Lenten tradition in today’s world. Commencing with

Posted on: March 13, 2019.

Saying Goodbye to Kim Bok-dong Halmoni (Grandmother)

Kim Bok-dong halmoni passed away at the age of ninety-three, along with another ninety-four year old halmoni on January 28, 2019.  Kim Bok-dong halmoni was

Posted on: February 28, 2019.

Two male basketball players standing on a court, about to give high-fives

It’s no slam dunk, but it’s a start

The game is lopsided with a 15 point lead. The visiting team is frustrated and beginning to fall apart. The visiting team inbounds the ball

Posted on: February 11, 2019.

Photo: George Walker IV / The Tennessean

Over My Dead Body

Over My Dead Body It was Martin Luther King Day when he asked me- “Would you pastor a Church?” Rev. William J. Barber addresses the

Posted on: February 11, 2019.

Justice Talk: Vulnerability and the Admission of Ignorance in a Know-All Society

Based on conversations with seminary colleagues, friends, and family members, it seems that in discussing matters of social justice that there are three distinct parties.

Posted on: January 28, 2019.

Can’t Shape the Future if You are Stuck in the Past

For many years, I ministered in a city that had once been great. I mean not to be pejorative but historically descriptive. It was a

Posted on: January 11, 2019.

Digital Disparity is a Moral Issue

Digital technology directly impacts who we are and what we do; it ushers in abundant possibilities and indelibly alters how we form relationship and community.

Posted on: January 8, 2019.

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Spiritual Self-Care for the Advent Season

Discussion of self-care in social justice movements has become a regular topic of social media feeds, blog posts, and workshops. And my response is: FINALLY!

Posted on: December 3, 2018.

Recovering the Imago Dei: The Need for Youth Ministry to Embrace an Embodied Pedagogy

 Lord, Lord, Why did You make me Black? Why did You make someone The world wants to hold back?[1] I was introduced to RuNett Nia

Posted on: December 2, 2018.

Nurturing Justice: Mentoring Young People in Their Quest for a Fair and Just World

For as long as there has been youth, there have been adults that have criticized them and noted that today’s young people are not like

Posted on: November 13, 2018.

"No Such Thing As Private Theology": Dean Viera Launches Social Justice Leadership Project

Opening Address 2018 Tipple-Vosburgh Lectures Launch of the Social Justice Leadership Project Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Drew University 2 October 2018 3.00 p.m.

Posted on: October 23, 2018.

Where do I start?: Responding to sexual harassment, violence, and abuse

The recent news cycle has increased the frequency with which I am asked, “Where do I start?” by colleagues, parents, and pastors. Sexual harassment, violence and abuse is not only at the forefront of our national conversation, but a recurring issue in our faith communities. We have yet to adequately responded.

Posted on: October 2, 2018.

Nurturing Justice: Mentoring Young People in Their Quest for a Fair and Just World

For as long as there has been youth, there have been adults that have criticized them and noted that today’s young people are not like

Posted on: November 13, 2018.

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