By BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler

This Saturday, we will mark the 20th anniversary of a defining day for modern Americans: Every one of us old enough to remember Tuesday, September 11, 2001 has the details of it seared on our memories.

I had just started law school at the…

By Kristan Pitts

“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”
-Audre Lorde

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom.”
― Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography

“It is in collectivities that we find reservoirs of hope and optimism.”
― Angela Y. …

By Bryan Kelley
Denver, Colorado

I really enjoyed my time as a BJC Fellow — unexpectedly, this one-year program ended up becoming a two-year program thanks to changes and delays tied to the COVID-19 pandemic (and I continue to be thankful BJC was very reasonable and proactive in adjusting plans in light of COVID!). I’ve…

By Rev. Brittany Stillwell

We gathered in Colonial Williamsburg from our scattered places all over the country, a diverse group of BJC Fellows with various faith backgrounds. This was an event almost two years in the making, finally realized after a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I was excited…

By Chairman Terry Rambler of the San Carlos Apache Tribe

Despite sustained efforts by the U.S. government to criminalize Native American religions beginning in 1883 and continuing until passage of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act in 1978, Western Apaches, like many Native American tribes, steadfastly maintained traditional religious beliefs…

By BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler

For the first time since 2010, July 4 falls on a Sunday. Many churches will be faced with an even stronger temptation than in other years to turn their regular Sunday morning service into a celebration of Independence Day.

To be sure, many churchgoers…

By Marv Knox and Stephen Reeves

We’re looking forward to celebrating Independence Day 2021. We’ll relish hot dogs, savor ice cream, and ooh and ahh at fireworks. But even as starry blasts reflect in our eyes and kabooms rattle our ribs, our minds will wander.

We’ll be thinking about thousands…

By Madison McClendon

As a queer person, I felt deep pain while reading this past week’s Supreme Court ruling regarding the ability of queer people to be considered as foster parents by certain agencies. Regardless of their intention, their actions leave me feeling dehumanized.

It might seem hard to see…

By Rev. Christopher M. The


That’s how some of us show agreement and support. To say the word “facts” in reply to what we resonate with and find truth within, communicates our assessment of a claim exchanged in truth-telling dialogue. …

By Richard Chung

During the month of May, Charles Watson, Jr., the director of education at BJC, held three conversations with Asian American faith leaders in honor of AAPI Heritage Month. Rev. Lauren Ng, Dr. Khyati Joshi, and Tahil Sharma shared their thoughts about how their Asian American identity shapes…

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