September 2009

This summer I went through a rite of passage for many parents, I took my child on several college tours. My oldest daughter, Njeri, is a rising senior at Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina. We decided to travel across part of the country making stops at several colleges.

Dr. Willie James Jennings
Associate Professor of Theology and
Black Church Studies
Duke Divinity School

This summer I went through a rite of passage for many parents, I took my child on several college tours. My oldest daughter, Njeri, is a rising senior at Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina. We decided to travel across part of the country making stops at several colleges.

“There But for the Grace of God Go I.” So said President Barack Obama during a recent “town hall meeting” on Saturday August 14, 2009. It was his response to the wrenching story told by Mr. Nathan Wilkes, who introduced him to the Coloradans that filled the auditorium to hear him hear and to have him answer questions about the healthcare bills that are winding their way through the Congress.

Dr. J. Kameron Carter
Associate Professor of Theology and
Black Church Studies
Duke Divinity School

District 9 was undoubtedly a terrific movie. It’s plot was original and the story unfolded in both exciting and moving ways. I was enthralled from beginning to end. But something is just not sitting right.

By Dr. Brian Bantum
Assistant Professor of Theology
Seattle Pacific University

District 9 was undoubtedly a terrific movie. It’s plot was original and the story unfolded in both exciting and moving ways. I was enthralled from beginning to end. But something is just not sitting right.

Gracious eternal and all wise God. Thou who formed what is out of nothing, and called us into being to serve you. You, oh Lord, who weighs every nation in the balance of your own standards. Today, we acknowledge how great Thou art, the marvelous mystery of your mercy and exalt the excellence of your name.

By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church
President, North Carolina Conference, NAACP

Gracious eternal and all wise God. Thou who formed what is out of nothing, and called us into being to serve you. You, oh Lord, who weighs every nation in the balance of your own standards. Today, we acknowledge how great Thou art, the marvelous mystery of your mercy and exalt the excellence of your name.

It would be wonderful if the recent furor over President Obama’s comments criticizing the white police officer’s treatment of Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates proved to be a true “teaching moment.”

By Dr. Mary McClintock Fulkerson
Professor of Theology
Duke Divinity School