I was ready to march today on #MLK50. I got my signs together and contacted comrades and gathered venue information. In my final research, right before departing, I learned this particular small event I was planning to attend was factioned and problematic. It was not organized with accountability to the communities for which it claimed to advocate, had consistently undermined efforts in other activist groups, and the sources where I had originally learned about it were unreliable. This happens sometimes. This happens OFTEN in the White Moderate that…Continue Reading “Can’t March? Can’t Vote? 10 Justice Strategies from MLK’s Mountaintop Speech”

Muslims are human and, honestly, it’s heartbreaking that I have to write this sentence. But I have to, because inconsistencies in media coverage beg me to ask the question, is my identity only important when it fulfills a preconceived biased narrative? Apparently so, as a recent academic study  revealed that “terror attacks receive five times more media coverage” in cases where the perpetrator is Muslim. In these instances, media provides round the clock presentation of attacks but when Muslims are the victims, there’s a deafening…Continue Reading “Because Muslims Are Victims, Too”

Cross-posted at my website. Yesterday I talked with Margaret Atwood. We asked each other questions. We smiled at one another. Her eyes are sharp. Her mind is sharper. I asked her about religion. I’ll tell you a story, then I’ll tell you what Atwood said. This is the Story I first read The Handmaid’s Tale a decade ago in a Feminist Theology class. Studying liberation theologians like Gustavo Gutierrez and hardcore social justice nuns and professors like Joan Chittister and Mary Daly, we small crew…Continue Reading “I asked Margaret Atwood about religion, and this is what she said.”

I gave this talk on teaching faculty at Holden Village right after the Orlando Shootings—I  wrote it after the Charleston shootings the year before and when Orlando happened in a way that felt so similar, In sacred space, I couldn’t not respond. As we see violence almost daily in mosques, synagogues, airplanes, and other places supposed to be safe, we join together in lament and action. Please listen and let me know what you think.

Religious Response was born out of the fervor of the 2016 U.S. election. It has been exciting to hear a variety of people give immediate voice to concerns, plans, and actions in the wake of the changing political landscape. Now as the presidency of Donald J. Trump moves out of its infancy, the specter of normalization haunts the many resistance projects that emerged from the election. Religious Response will continue to assert that political discourse shapes not only the way we talk about society, but has…Continue Reading “Welcome Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer, Everyday Religious Response Editor”

  Everything I bring to the table of discussion here is informed by more than thirty years of living and working in an east side, inner city Detroit neighborhood, which was part of the poorest congressional district in the country when I moved there in 1974.  Over time, in slow motion, all of my presuppositions about race were “broken down” by lower income African American neighbors and I gradually assimilated a quite different point of view than I had grown up with.  What happened on…Continue Reading “Comments on the New Administration”

Welcome to Religious Response, a space for scholars, practitioners, critics, and enthusiasts to reflect on the intersection of religion and contemporary events. The title, Religious Response, is imperfect, seeming to perhaps suggest that this is only a space for people who identify as religious. Indeed, the term “religion” is itself problematic, a term that is used to try and make the diverse ritual and philosophical traditions of the world fit into a single mold, often in the imperial image of Christianity.  Rather than let the…Continue Reading “Welcome to Religious Response”