Do Black Lives Matter in Seattle?

We shouldn’t ignore calls for racial justice, even when we don’t like the way they sound.   At a now infamous Bernie Sanders rally in August of 2015, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement collided with Seattle progressives in dramatic fashion. Labor activists and...

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Creation, Cascadia, and Privilege

Finishing the Portland Marathon is exhilarating. That, and excruciating. The marathon’s first miles wind through downtown. Its route also carries runners out into industrial districts, along a stretch of Highway 30, and through some of the beautiful tree-lined streets...

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Housing and the Peace of the City

Vancouver is routinely named one of the best cities in which to live. Yet, optimism is quickly shattered by the cost of actually living in Vancouver. Where one headline reads, “Best city to live” another quips, “Most unaffordable city.” The reality is that the cost of...

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Sister Willamette: Co-Lamenting with My River

"But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!" Amos 5:24 The Willamette River flows by my hometown. She flows by, but we’re like strangers. We’re more like acquaintances, like a friend of the family I might wave at and...

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Racial Justice in Washington State

Over the past few years, we've seen national outcries in response to high-profile instances of racial injustice. Across the country Christian leaders have joined in public protests over police brutality and what they've...

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