An Encouraging Conversation about Race and the Black Church

The Bradley/Rhodes Conversation: Being Black and Christian in the 21st Century For Christians who long to see more racially and ethnically diverse churches, the situation can sometimes seem hopeless.  Sunday mornings are still segregated.  Many believers, especially Blacks and Whites, still harbor prejudices about the other.  And it seems we'll never see progress on this side … Continue reading An Encouraging Conversation about Race and the Black Church

5 Reasons You Should Celebrate Black History Month

February 1st marks the beginning of Black History Month.  Each year U.S. residents set aside a few weeks to focus their historical hindsight on the particular contributions that people of African descent have made to this country.  While not everyone agrees Black History Month is a good thing, here are several reasons why I think … Continue reading 5 Reasons You Should Celebrate Black History Month

Black Women, Hair, and Identity

Like most men I had never thought much about women's hair.  I grew up knowing that my mother and sister--two black women-- spent a lot of time with a mystifying array of hair brushes, gels, liquids, and gadgets.  But I never thought much about the particular identity issues a black woman faces when styling her … Continue reading Black Women, Hair, and Identity