Introducing a new project: ‘Intersected’

With the recent murder of George Floyd, race is on the front of many Americans minds. Protests have successfully created change, and new individuals are stepping into anti-racist work.  After 200-plus attempts, we are still trying to make lynching a federal crime, but racism is now being recognized as a public health concern in several…

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The world changers

I scroll through the staff page of another American missions agency and notice, not surprisingly, that the leadership is almost entirely composed of white men. From talking to some of these people and organizations, I know their intentions to share Jesus’ love are good, but the undervaluing of Christians of color in American missions disappoints…

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If I’m not Italian, what am I?

During my freshman year, my college’s group for racial (re)conciliation held an event in combination with the theater group in which we used our bodies to explore the concept of home. Through a Never-Have-I-Ever type of exercise, I discovered I was the only person out of approximately 40 in the room who had grown up…

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The Bus Fight

Denver, Summer 2014. White man on a bus. Black youth—my age—as well. Fight. Words, words of hate. “N*****,” they both called each other. I’d never seen anything like it; I’d never seen such hate. The white man wouldn’t listen, Wouldn’t heed a word. I wanted to tell the black man that he wouldn’t make any progress,…

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Why salvation is not exclusive

Two years ago this weekend, God changed my heart and set me on the course toward racial reconciliation. At a summer ministries retreat, in a room full of students lamenting over the ways they had been hurt, God’s Spirit convicted me to confess my racial prejudice in public and to repent. Although God rescued me…

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What does it mean to be White in the United States? A personal account.

How often do you think about the color of your skin? How often do you notice the ways it affects how people treat you? I am White, and I try to think about this every day. I surely do not have to think about my Whiteness. I didn’t realize it until about a year and…

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A List of New England Things

“You know you’re a ____ if” lists and “20 things about _____” articles are popular right now. Being bullet point style, they’re easy for Millennials to skim, and they appeal to our sense of identity. Inspired by these attractive albeit shallow articles, I’ve constructed a list of New England identifiers. Not all of these apply…

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Embracing My Whiteness

I have always wanted to be Black. I have tried to tan as much as is naturally possible, and I can get pretty dark, but I am still clearly a white person. I have contemplated the texture of my hair, which is curly, half smooth and half kinky. When a friend told me it seemed…

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