By Their Strange Fruit Blog Posts

  • Dreaming of a White Christmas
    on Dec 18, 2016
    Look around you this Christmas: all the greeting cards, advertisements, TV specials, store displays, nativity scenes. Santa Claus’s race has gotten a lot of press recently, but it’s not just him.The popular port...
  • Biblical Justice
    on Dec 11, 2016
    The following devotion comes from Claire Richtmyer, United Methodist Women Coordinator for Spiritual Growth, Capitol South District, West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.What is Justice? One meaning is a concept of moral rightness...
  • First Taken, Last Released
    on Dec 6, 2016
    The following is a guest post by journalist Howard Fields on his new book First Taken, Last Released: Overlooked WWII Internment:Donald Trump's calls for interning Muslims and the upcoming 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor...
  • Dia de Las Velitas
    on Dec 4, 2016
    The following is a post by Diego Alzate Correa, a doctoral student at The Ohio State University. He is originally from Medellin, Colombia and I have had the pleasure of celebrating Las Velitas day with him for many years now, such that I asked if he...
  • Friday Fruit (12/02/16)
    on Dec 1, 2016
    Jackie SalyersOn Fridays, BTSF offers links to other discussions about race & Christianity. It's an opportunity for you to read other perspectives, and for me to give props to the many voices leading the way...Weekly Round Up:A Christian Res...
  • Labor Day
    on Sep 4, 2016
    Once per year the USA celebrates Labor Day, a national holiday originating from 1800's celebrations of trade workers and the social/economic benefits they bring to our society. So, is this holiday only an antiquated...
  • Third Places and the Inclusive Body of Christ: #AllPeoplePractices
    on Aug 28, 2016
    The following is part of an ongoing series looking at the #AllPeoplePractices that build the inclusive Body of Christ. This series is in partnership with the United Methodist Church for All People and the General Commission on Religion...
  • Friday Fruit (08/19/16)
    on Aug 18, 2016
    On Fridays, BTSF offers links to other discussions about race & Christianity. It's an opportunity for you to read other perspectives, and for me to give props to the many voices leading the way...Weekly Rou...
  • *Milwaukee* and The Unheard
    on Aug 14, 2016
    The below is an article first released after the uprising in Baltimore last year. After the events in Milwaukee this weekend, it bears repeating. Think back to that time and apply some of those lessons today. Chalking names of those killed by po...
  • Friday Fruit (08/12/16)
    on Aug 11, 2016
    On Fridays, BTSF offers links to other discussions about race & Christianity. It's an opportunity for you to read other perspectives, and for me to give props to the many voices leading the way...Weekly Round Up...
  • For Such a Time as This: Black Power at the Olympics
    on Aug 7, 2016
    It's a famous image. Capturing a controversial moment of Olympic proportions.How could they disrespect the American flag?How dare they use their victory as a political platform?Why would they air domestic matter at an apolitical and international eve...
  • Friday Fruit (08/04/16)
    on Aug 4, 2016
    The Problem With Viral Videos of Cops Giving Out Ice CreamOn Fridays, BTSF offers links to other discussions about race & Christianity. It's an opportunity for you to read other perspectives, and for me to give props...
  • Multicultural Worship Music (Part 2)
    on Jul 31, 2016
    The following is part of an ongoing series looking at the #AllPeoplePractices that build the inclusive Body of Christ. This series is in partnership with the United Methodist Church for All People and the Gener...
  • It Hurts When You Kick Against the Goads
    on Jul 24, 2016
    The following is excerpted from a sermon delivered by Rev. John Edgar at UM Church for All People on May 10, 2016 (the Sunday immediately following the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the Dallas police shooting). His se...
  • Friday Fruit (07/22/16)
    on Jul 21, 2016
    Charles KinseyOn Fridays, BTSF offers links to other discussions about race & Christianity. It's an opportunity for you to read other perspectives, and for me to give props to the many voices leading the way...Weekly Roun...
  • Logical Fallacies: Black-on-Black Crime
    on Jul 17, 2016
    'Black-on-black crime’ is commonly raised as an argument against the work of #BlackLivesMatter and other protests against interracial violence. This argument is built upon the ugly stereotype of black pathological...
  • Friday Fruit (07/15/16)
    on Jul 14, 2016
    On Fridays, BTSF offers links to other discussions about race & Christianity. It's an opportunity for you to read other perspectives, and for me to give props to the many voices leading the way...Weekly Round Up:Your Vision of...
  • Psalms
    on Jul 11, 2016
    July 4 - #DelrawnSmallJuly 5 - #AltonSterlingJuly 6 - #PhilandoCastile July 7 - #DallasPoliceShootingEach day laid a thick new layer of grief, fear, frustration, avoidance, anger, each adding upon the many others that came be...
  • Friday Fruit (07/08/16)
    on Jul 7, 2016
    Contribute to the #AltonSterling Family ScholarshipOn Fridays, BTSF offers links to other discussions about race & Christianity. It's an opportunity for you to read other perspectives, and for me to give props to the many voices leading...
  • Reclaiming Patriotism
    on Jul 3, 2016
    What is patriotism? Who loves America?Millions of patriots wave the flag and declare that they love USA. But which USA? Sometimes it seems we love a country that never existed, and despise the country we actually have. Do we really mea...
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