I will keep this short… There is a global pandemic…Covid-19 …also anti-black racism …also violence against women …also fear and isolation of disabilities. …and more. The United States faces its own unique epidemic…gun entitlement …also militarized (hyper-masculinized) concepts of policing …also health and wellness that is the national equivalent of cotton in the early 1800s. […]

Listening to Rev. Joan Javier-Duval’s sermon at the closing worship of the UUA General Assembly, there was one word that resonated particularly deeply with me: Liberation.  Her message is a beautiful arc of what moving toward liberation can actually look like and I hope we take her challenge and continue crossing bridges to the other […]

When I was a child in New York City, my parents were very keen on my brother and me visiting pretty much every museum we could on a regular basis.  Being artists themselves, I was four or five years old when I first visited the The American Museum of Natural History.  I’m embarrassed to admit […]

The most inspiring rethink of justice systems I’ve seen or heard happens at First Parish in Cambridge.  The Middlesex County Homeless Court is a unique justice intervention where, instead of being simply arrested and punished, people who are experiencing homelessness who end up interacting with law enforcement are questioned about their unique situation and when […]

Yesterday, I had the great opportunity to hear from some incredible young voices in the fight for Black Lives.  At the protest organized by My Brother’s Keeper Cambridge, there were powerful and personal arguments made for a deeper and more systemic approach to dealing with racism that exists even within a liberal bastion like Cambridge, […]

The face of racism is unassuming.  It is not an angry cropped hair white 20-something holding a torch screaming “you will not replace us!”  It is not a barrel-chested gun toting self-styled militia guy wearing a Confederate flag.  It is not the “Becky” or “Karen” calling the cops.  The face of racism is any white […]

Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.  People are now kneeling and praying and holding silence for this amount of time and it feels epic and unbearable.  It is easy in the midst of that interminable silence to understand how monstrous this act really was. By […]

What if instead of building our civic order around “police” and “criminal justice” we actually built it around public safety?  As a progressive faith leader, I resent the idea of any autonomous human being “policed” and the assumption of a reciprocal relationship between “criminality” and “justice” seems inadequate at best.  These terms mutually reinforce the […]

The problem isn’t just police.  The problem is the specific policing of blackness. Policing blackness is the attempt to constrain, contain, silence, appropriate, shape or otherwise mutilate the humanity of black people to suit white comfort.  Where it goes tragically wrong is when policing blackness is combined with a badge and a weapon and a […]

Freedom of and Freedom from Religion Coronavirus If you want to go out and take the risk of getting coronavirus by not wearing a mask, not physical distancing, not taking sanitary precautions…that is your choice.  However, the big challenge with this illness is not so much your vulnerability as the vulnerability of everyone around you; […]