God with Us and Them

The future is foretold by the firstborn of the forgotten. God’s light shines on the places we have longed to see uncovered. It also shines on the places we ignored. The Light of the world shows us the places where Emmanuel lives that we might fear to dwell.

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Venneikia Williams
Racism, Therapy, and People of Color

In our de facto racist America, the therapy room becomes yet another space in which white supremacy, the racist ideology of the superiority and assumed domination of people defined and perceived as white, is unaccountably upheld. How could you go about laying hold of the good gifts of therapy without turning a blind eye to the pernicious racism embedded in therapy itself?

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Venneikia Williams
Advent 2018, Week 4: Incarnation (Love)

I am convinced that our freedom is closely linked to our ability to not only love but to dream. The work of the activist and organizer reaches far beyond planning the next demonstration or making demands of our elected officials. At its core our work is centered on inviting folks to use their imagination to work towards a world that we cannot yet see. This work requires us to envision solutions to centuries-old problems. We must help enough people to share in our vision that the power we wield tears down old systems and resurrects new and more equitable ones. It requires us to choose to show up for our neighbor every day. This is not always because we want to but because we have a deep understanding of the fact that the dream of our liberation is linked to one another and that I’m not free until you are.

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Venneikia Williams
Advent 2018, Week 3: Celebration (Joy)

So, why do we choose to hold fast to joy? Because today’s trials are not worthy to be compared to what’s coming. Because we know the Son of God shall return again. Because we know that we will one day be set free from the corruption of this world. Because we know that our joy is powerful. It signals that we are actively laughing and resisting the urge to submit to the chaos around us. It signals that we came into this battle counting the cost and we have decided to yet be joyful because we know Who to look to for it. 



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Venneikia Williams
Advent 2018, Week 2: Proclamation (Peace)

 “I am convinced that Mary, like us was human and had doubts when considering the political state of the land in which she lived. However, I do believe that Mary deep down held steadfast to the prophetic words that had been spoken for years to come over the earth; the Messiah. Those words created peace within her soul.”

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Women, Justice, AdventRuthie Vincill
Tribute for James Cone

James Cone, however, made it possible for me to be both unequivocally black and Christian, unequivocally black and an academic. More than that, Cone demanded that my blackness inform my spiritual and vocational life in order for me to live in my full God-given humanity as a beloved child of God. This is a message that everyone in this country needs to hear, but especially young black folk...

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#JamesConeWasRight

“If the Church is to remain faithful to its Lord, it must make a decisive break with the structure of this society by launching a vehement attack on the evils of racism in all forms. [Read more…] It must become prophetic, demanding a radical change in the interlocking structures of this society. Of course the Church must realize, in view of the Christian doctrine of man, that this is a dangerous task. But obedience to Christ is always costly. The time has come for the Church to challenge the power structure with the power of the gospel, knowing that nothing less than immediate and total emancipation of all people is consistent with the message and style of Jesus Christ. The Church cannot afford to deplore the means that oppressed people use the chains of slavery because such language not only clouds the issue but also gives comfort and assistance to the oppressor.” Black Theology and Black Power

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Martin and the Message of Life

As I think about the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I feel tired and challenged. Tired of being the subject matter and expert on all things Black. And at the same time challenged to keep assisting those who say they really want to understand the race problem. One of my white friends asked me why I wasn’t in Memphis during MLK50, my reply was I had an engagement in Washington DC. My reply should have been “why aren’t you in Memphis?”

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