Nashville

Zakiya JacksonPresident, The Expectations Project As we continue to learn more about the awful school shooting in Nashville, I’d like to share a few personal thoughts about the choices before us as communities of people who care deeply about children, education, our faith, and justice.  Nashville is where I grew into my calling and career as an educator. I attended …

Grief and Anti-Black Violence

Following the death of Tyre Nichols, we took a moment to breathe, mourn, and begin to process this brutal and senseless beating and murder of yet another unarmed Black person by police. We remain deeply grieved by this and other acts of violence that fill our news feeds far too regularly. We lament the lives that have been lost. As …

3 Things You Need to Know about Florida’s Ban of AP African American Studies

As you may have heard, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced last week that he would ban a pilot program for an Advanced Placement (AP) African American Studies course. While students, teachers, activists, and legislators in Florida speak out in opposition to this decision, there are a few crucial things you should know about the ban. We’ll continue to track this …

On Gun Violence

If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice bell hooks The proliferation of gun culture and violence in the United States of America has exacted a devastating toll on our students, families, and communities. Gun culture, which contributes to the second leading cause of death in children and teens,1 has pulled us into perpetual grief, leaving us …

Concerning the Repeal of Roe v. Wade

Cami King, Director of Advocacy & Training The thief comes only to kill, steal, and destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it to the full measure. John 10:10 The decision by SCOTUS to repeal Roe v. Wade and, in effect, remove abortion access for many people around the country weighs heavy on our hearts today. …

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Lament: The Practice of Expressing Grief

Lament is what happens when people ask, “Why?” and don’t get an answer. It’s where we get to when we move beyond our self-centered worry about our sins and failings and look more broadly at the suffering of the world. N.T. Wright Grief is our uniquely individual, yet profoundly collective, heartbreak in response to communal wounds. Lament, at its essence, …