I usually try to make these weekly roundups a mix of deep, thought-provoking posts, and lighter, funnier pieces. And then weeks come along that are so filled with heartbreak that there’s nothing I can do but weep with those who are grieving. Last week was one of those weeks.
First, a cross-section of voices on the continuing tragedy of Ferguson and the regression of Civil Rights in our country.
“Why We’ve Got to Go There” by Deidra Riggs at Jumping Tandem.
“Five Minute Friday: Tell (And Cry to Listen)” by Ashley Larkin at Draw Near.
“First They Came for the Black people, and I Did Not Speak Out” by Matt Stauffer.
“In Which I Have a Few Things to Tell You About Ferguson” by Sarah Bessey.
“When Ferguson is Across the Street” by Shawn Smucker.
“Things To Stop Being Distracted By When A Black Person Gets Murdered By Police” by Mia McKenzie at Black Girl Dangerous.
“Racial Bias, Police Brutality, and the Dangerous Act of Being Black” by Kristen Howerton at Rage Against the Minivan.
“Ferguson and Healing our Nation” by Alice Chaffins at Knitting Soul.
“Black People Are Not Ignoring Black on Black Crime” by Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic.
“The New Racism: This is How the Civil Rights Movement Ends” by Jason Zengerie at New Republic.
Second, two bloggers share their own experiences with depression in the wake of Robin Williams’ death.
“What Will it Take to Become a Church for the Depressed?” by Chris Morton at Growth and Mission.
“Depression is Not a Joke” by Lorne Jaffe at Raising Sienna.
Third, a Prayer for Those Fleeing Violence and Oppression in Iraq, in Their Own Language.
May God our Father watch over them, and over all who are in danger.