Autumn 2009 | Volume 2, Number 1
JPC Director's Note
Tali Hairston discusses how race is "The Skeleton in America's Closet" Read the full article.
The Burden of Blackness
Using the evocative narrative of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Dr. Curtis Evans looks at why black leaders have sought to capture this burden of blackness by asking: How do we make sense of a history of slavery, segregation, and racial oppression. Read the full story.
Memoriam: A Sermon for Joseph Kevin Snell
Joe Snell, who died suddenly in August, helped establish long-lasting momentum toward diversity and reconciliation at SPU. Writes Tali Hairston: "Joe was hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair ..." Read the full story.
The (Sub)Urban Scene
D.A.D.S. Making a Difference
Born under the shadow of the 1965 Moynihan report, my life's trajectory eventually fulfilled Moynihan's prophetic vision. I was among the masses of urban youth who grew up in female-headed households to face crime, drugs, poverty, and violence. Read the full story.
Reconciliation at Work in Urban Education
Last fall, the John Perkins Center at Seattle Pacific facilitated a new relationship between Seattle Central Community College (SCCC) and Seattle Pacific University. Read the full story.
The Global Outlook
Make That Change
Who would have imagined that in Summer 2009, nearly 70 SPU students -- 10 teams serving in nine countries, as well as students serving weekly in Seattle-area organizations -- would share the same vision with Michael Jackson, the King of Pop? Read the full story.
Talking to Strangers
Readers, especially those of an activist bent, may be wondering why Danielle S. Allen, an African American discussing interracial conflict, places such emphasis on distrust. Shouldn't the point be justice? Read the full story.
Reflections on The Origins of Proslavery Christianity
My most basic finding was that white evangelicals subtly altered their positions on slavery quite frequently -- typically in response to the spiritual initiatives of their black congregants. Read the full story.