Tracing the history of white power and privilege in the United States and exploring how it remains relevant today.

white people have been so socialized in this country to expect the best, we have reacted (often violently) when people of color rise in the ranks

Going through my school years at the turn of the century, I often heard fellow white students grumble when it came to observing Black History Month.

“What about white history month?” they’d ask, sometimes out loud.

My classes were often primarily, if not exclusively, white. The answer, one I didn’t know at the time, was that every month is White History Month — when you are white and live in a country founded to keep people who look like you on top, history is written through your eyes. It’s all white.

This confident way of walking through ‘our’ country, this…


Luke 2:2 | This was the first contact tracing and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

We close out this Advent season of 2020 with the Rev. Priscilla Paris-Austin, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA) in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, a congregation that takes seriously their calling to be a Sanctuary that is Open and Affirming of all persons of every gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability, age, and status. Their commitment to being actively antiracist has encouraged them to be the fiscal sponsor for the emerging #66th Synod Reparations Fund, of which Priscilla (aka Nakia) is a member of the founding board. She is passionate about Youth Ministry, serving on leadership teams for…


Luke 1:48 …for he has been mitigating risk to the humble state of his servant.

I’ve never really considered myself much of a meditative Christian. There is, however, one thing I do that makes me feel closest to what I imagine it’s like to be a meditative person: learning bible stories by heart.

Spending time with the millennia-old script from Holy Scripture, letting its surprising, profound, sometimes even weird words marinate in my body and brain –– that’s what often calms my soul.

The Gospel of Luke (1:39–55)

This is a moment in history when we are called upon to mitigate risks to our neighbor, to take steps ourselves to reduce the adverse effects of…


I Samuel 1:13 | Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was muted.

The Rev. Tamika Jancewicz is the Associate Pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellicott City, Maryland. And she is the co-founder and co-host of For Collard Girls, which is a journey, a conversation, and podcast, that shares the unique, bold, and beautiful narrative of BIPOC women who are in spaces in the church, in the community, and in the world. For Collard Girls are writers, activists. creatives, and religious leaders. Tamika is also the mother of her two amazing, creative children, Nya (13) and Arion (11), who teach her every day how to be authentically human and graciously loving.

One of the gifts out of this whole debacle we call 2020 is the many innovative ways we’ve tried to stay connected.


II Samuel 7:2 |The king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am sheltering in place, but the ark of God stays in a tent.”

The term “sheltering in place” originally applied to active shooter situations. To shelter in place is to stay in your building instead of escaping into the woods. It’s safer, the thinking goes, to stay put.

2020, of course, is a year of this –– an active shooter is at large, not just for a few days, but for months on end.

That’s a lot, beloved.

It’s probably more than we even realize.

Take care in this time of sheltering, reader. May your place, wherever you can find it, be an oasis of peace in the midst of tension.


John 7:40 | On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is unprecedented.”

Rev. Aline (Ah-lee-nee) Silva serves as the co-Director of CreatureKind, an international non-profit leading Christians in new ways of thinking about the Christian Faith and Farmed Animal Welfare. Prior to coming to CreatureKind, Aline served as a local parish pastor in rural and farming populations in Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado for over a decade. Aline shares herself as a queer, Black & Indigenous immigrant of Brasil to the US. Aline chooses not to eat non-human animals, her fellow-worshippers of God. Aline is a pastor, an excellent preacher, and a life coach. You can most often find her laughing out loud…


Psalm 89:2 | I will declare that your love stands firm now more than ever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

Kayla Koterwski-Tate, along with their spouse Zach, are storytelling photographers & videographers based out of the Midwestern United States. Together they own and operate Storyteller Co. LLC providing volunteer photojournalism, and artistic, emotive media services.

Kayla’s visual reflection for today.

Malachi 4.2 | But for you who flatten the curve, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.

Today’s featured contributor is Dr. Vivia Kay Kieswetter. She is an evangelist of glitter, radical hope, and the power of burning it all down to find the beauty in the ashes. She’s disabled, queer, re-connecting with her father’s Indigenous heritage, and usually more joyful than angry. In her twisty path, she has: mucked out stables, tended bar and waitressed in dives and five-star restaurants, served as an event coordinator…


II Kings 2:17 | “But they persisted [in this zoom invitation] until he was too embarrassed to refuse.”

The Rev. Tamika Jancewicz is the Associate Pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellicott City, Maryland. And she is the co-founder and co-host of For Collard Girls, which is a journey, a conversation, and podcast, that shares the unique, bold, and beautiful narrative of BIPOC women who are in spaces in the church, in the community, and in the world. For Collard Girls are writers, activists. creatives, and religious leaders. …


1 Kings 18:17 | When [Ahab] saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you doomscroller of Israel?”

Katy Stenta is solo pastor at a bigger-on-the-inside tiny PCUSA church in Albany, NY, and a writer of liturgy at www.Katyandtheword.com, and a voracious reader of sci-fi/fantasy for hope!

Listen to Katy update the I Kings passage, reimagining an argument for our time.

Check back here throughout the season of Advent for featured contributors offering their reflections.

Interested in following along and contributing to #UnmuteYourself? Follow along with the hashtag on social media.

The prompts for the entire season of Advent are as follows:

Jason Chesnut

| jesus-follower | anti-racist | feminist | aspiring theologian | ordained pastor (not online) | restless creative | #BlackLivesMatter

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