In Memory of These

I thank God for the profoundly disturbing piece by D. L. Mayfield. I thank her editors for supporting and publishing her thorough research, travel to critical sites, analysis, and vulnerable soul-level wrestling with what she found. This is the kind of journalism that creates ground truth by rocking my complacency and ignorance as a white Christian. It leaves me both devastated and empowered, contradictory feelings that bring new urgency to my prayers for transformation to a God of justice, mercy, hope, and power.

Whoever decided to put the tiny, printed 4,000 names of those who were lynched as a backdrop memorial for the article is a genius. That alone captured the power of memorializing. That ugly era of our history is now personal; it is unearthed and I am changed. D. L. Mayfield’s writing was beautifully crafted. She is a gift to us all. Keep up the good work!

Timely @CTmagazine cover story by @d_l_mayfield prompting prayers & penance this morning.

This @CTmagazine piece on racism and reconciliation within the church body is a must read.

Thank you for your September cover story. I left my beloved evangelical church community years ago, primarily because I found the emphasis on personal salvation and a personal relationship with God, while important, also served to cover our communal sins of racism and colonialism. When evangelical communities, especially white ones, can be leaders in memorializing black lives lost to lynching and state violence, Native lives lost to genocide in God’s name, and immigrant lives lost to xenophobic policies, I will be able to find a home among believers again. I pray this day comes.

@CTmagazine always excels at covers, but that one is haunting.

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