The High Cost of White Evangelical Silence on Hate Crimes Against Blacks
by Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner
Faith leader, author, lecturer, lawyer, businesswoman, educator, trusted advisor, mentor and political strategist, Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner has made an indelible imprint in American Politics and in the Faith community
There is an inexcusable and disheartening silence from White Evangelical Christians over the unprovoked killing of Richard Collins III, at the University of Maryland. Collins, age 23, was a member of the ROTC. He was recently commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the army, and scheduled to graduate from Bowie State University. His father, a military veteran, said his son loved lacrosse, soccer and was a runner. Collins was African American. His killer, age 22, was white nationalist, Sean Christopher Urbanski, a University of Maryland student, charged with murder and assault for the attack that University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell called “totally unprovoked.” Urbanski is a member of a Facebook group called Alt-Reich Nation.
Since hearing the news, I have anguished over one question: “Why did White Evangelical silence over this unprovoked attack by this White man on the Black man bother me so much?” Certainly racial attacks against African Americans by White Americans is not a new phenomenon.
White Evangelical Christian silence can only be read as consent.
My answer came in reading the response of the judge where the attacker was held without bond. “He is an absolute danger to the community,” she said. I believe that the real “danger to the community” about which the judge spoke, did not just apply to the killer. It applies, as well, to White Evangelical Christians, professing a faith rooted in justice for the oppressed, but whose silence over America’s “open season” on Black lives, can only be read as consent. More….
Michael Anderson, a beloved brother,
creative artist, and supporter of NBEA
Continue reading In Memory Of Michael Anderson
How to Organize your Faith Community to Bear Witness on November 8
We are fast approaching one of the most contentious Election Days in modern history. New voter suppression laws will be in place in 14 states for the first time since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965. One campaign is actively recruiting people to “observe” (and stop) so-called election fraud and has encouraged supporters to target voting districts of color.
At the same time, The Washington Post reported recently that the Justice Department is significantly reducing the number of federal observers stationed inside polling places this election season. more…
by: Pastor Earl Stephen Roberts
POINTING US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!
A Lesson From The Wisdom of King Solomon
Here we are today, over three thousand years into the future; from the Times in which King Solomon wrote the following words:
“To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven…..He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:1; 11 Amplified Version Continue reading Being Black and God’s Elect
A presentation to the 53rd National Black Evangelical Association Convention of 2016: The Cries for Historical Identity and Healing.
By Dr. Anne Bailey, NBEA member and Author of African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence and the Shame.(Beacon Press, 2005)
These are troubling times but people of African descent have known great troubles. As the Negro spiritual goes, “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, Nobody knows my sorrow.” The legacy of slavery and racism has meant a history of suffering and pain but that suffering has an end. There was slavery, but there was also emancipation- an emancipation that Jesus made possible.
What is more, God uses this suffering for His greater good. God uses “the weak things” to confound the wise so who, if not you, people of color, should speak up in these troubling times? Who if not you, should share your testimony of “how you got over”? Who if not you, Continue reading God can use our Suffering for His Greater Glory
by: Rev. Joel Washington (Khunanpu Sangoma)
“The greatest purveyor of violence in the world: My own Government, I cannot be silent.” -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Beyond Vietnam, April 4, 1967, Riverside Church, NYC, to Clergy & Laity Concerned About the Vietnam War-
“A true revolution of values will lay hand on world order and say of war, ‘This way of settling differences is not just.’ This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate Continue reading Urban Ministry Notes on the Recent Dallas Shooting-Part 1
Dear Presidential Nominee Clinton and Presidential Nominee Trump:
It is now apparent that you will stand as the [Republican/Democratic] Party’s candidate for election to the office of President of the United States. The calling to public service is a sacred vocation, and we hold both you and [other nominee] in our prayers. We are leaders of Christian communions, organizations and schools who care deeply about hunger and poverty, and we are praying for a president who shares that concern. We write to request a meeting with you to discuss your plans for offering help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world. Continue reading Circle of Protection
by Dr. Carl F. Ellis, Jr.
Last night, two young Black Christian leaders from our community came to visit us. They joined a steady stream of young people who’ve come to our home in the last few years seeking answers. One brother was primarily concerned about unjust policing in our city, the other with the high crime rate in his neighborhood.
Both of these issues have affected them and their friends deeply. My two young brothers expressed their frustration with measures that often lack practical application, be they protest or prayer. They were united by their larger concern over the lack of discipleship, the absence of applied biblical principles, and a prophetic void – all three, they sensed, Continue reading Reflections on Black Lives
by: Dr. Carl F. Ellis, Jr.
Soon I’ll be seventy years old. It’s hard to fathom this, since I still feel twenty-five.
When I was young, I lived for moments. Today, I’m living for time. Langston Hughes has a poem that included the line, “life is short, but God is long.” That’s how I feel these days.
My decades as a Christian activist have taught me valuable lessons. I’ve had to learn a lot of these things the hard way, but I boiled a handful of “lessons” down to twelve common sense and overlapping principles of protest, some of which are adapted from my book Free At Last? — all of which are based on familiar biblical truths. Continue reading Some Things I’ve Learned Along the Way