November 2010

Pauli Murray had an amazing vision of God’s Kingdom — a Kingdom of Justice is breaking in the world.

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

Pauli Murray had an amazing vision of God’s Kingdom—a Kingdom of Justice is breaking in the world. I want to lift up three features of this kingdom drawn from her sermons.

Last spring, I received a call from my father who lives some distance from me. He told me that my Aunt Martha had died.

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

Last spring, I received a call from my father who lives some distance from me. He told me that my Aunt Martha had died. It did not come as a shock to me because Aunt Martha was in her nineties and in ill health. But it did overwhelm me.

What does the election on November 2, 2010 mean for those of us who believe in a civil rights progressive agenda?

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

What does the election on November 2, 2010 mean for those of us who believe in a civil rights progressive agenda? Let's begin by saying what it does not mean. It does not mean we shall retreat from our agenda. It does not mean we shall stop pursuing full justice and equal opportunity for all. It does not mean we shall cease challenging discriminatory actions, racist language and public policies that create or provide cover for gross racial disparities. We shall not back off our challenge against policies to re-segregate and inequitable funding of our schools. We shall not turn back from our demands for a system of justice that is, indeed, just. 

This is a letter to my son that I am not sure he will understand now, but one that I hope he will look back upon to give clarity to some moments of confusion and exclusion.

By Dr. Brian Bantum, D’03
Assistant Professor of Theology
Seattle Pacific University

This is a letter to my son that I am not sure he will understand now, but one that I hope he will look back upon to give clarity to some moments of confusion and exclusion. It is also a letter for a world that in so many ways wants something different but cannot imagine how it prevents those hopes from becoming realized.