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Mass Incarceration Teach-In

This story was originally told for a Seminarians for Justice teach-in on mass incarceration, bail reform, and racial capitalism on September 20, 2018. “You need to get out of here, ma’am,” the voice said behind the mask, armor, and shield, extending a level of politeness in acknowledging me that had been absent when addressing my […]

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Ferguson October Testimony

This piece was given in Augustana Chapel at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago on September 20, 2018. It was part of a larger service of testimony kicking off a campaign against mass incarceration and specifically, bail bond reform. This testimony piece is dedicated to Michael Brown.  We won’t forget you. Relevant Readings: Psalm […]

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Love is Strong as Death

This was originally written as a  story-telling piece for LSTC’s service of testimony.  The theme for the week was about God’s healing. My husband Adam and I shared this testimony together in the chapel on February 8, 2018. Adam : It was the summer of 2011, Elle and I had been married just over one year. […]

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Gatherings are Transformational: An invitation to #decolonize16

I had been in Ferguson since Mid August. I showed up not knowing exactly what I was doing or what my role was, but I felt compelled to show up anyways. I would like to say that I have always felt the urge to fight for Black liberation. I would like that to be true, […]

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Links to Guest Blog Posts

The Persistent Voice, a diversity blog of Wartburg Seminary, had me write a piece about transracial parenting.  Read it here at “Black History and White Parenting.“ Seminarian Lenny Duncan had me guest post on his blog, Formerly Unchurched, about white respectability politics and tone policing in anti racism work within the Church.  Read it here at “White Niceness […]