The Rest of the Story: One Confession, Ten People, and Many Questions about Racism and Rural Action

"What's the deal with that colored fella out in the parking lot?" An older patron asked me this question when he came into the library to return his DVDs. It was so unexpected and inappropriate that I stood dumbfounded for a few seconds before responding with a mix of confusion and irritation: "Pardon me?" "I [...]

Protest and Patriotism: Learning the Awkward Liturgy of Solidarity

I'm a Quaker. Quakers are probably the lowest of the "low church" tradition; historically, we have tried to avoid any kind of ritual or repetition. Our worship is based on waiting in stillness for the Spirit to move. If such a miracle happens during worship, then we might move. I love the simplicity and silence [...]