Father of two. I co-host God Complex Radio, a show highlighting progressive voices in the faith community. (godcomplexradio.com) I am an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. I like lots of stuff. Sometimes I write about that stuff.
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Don’t Let White Supremacists Distract You From White Supremacy

  I visited Charlottesville back in 2009. Back at the time, I was recruiting summer staff for the Pittsburgh Project and one of our staff alum was a student there. I drove down, he introduced me to several of his friends and we had a great conversation about doing justice in our nation’s urban centers. … Continue reading

Doubt, Fear, and Insecurity

This week I realized that I had fallen into one of my old traps. I have this overwhelming desire to prove myself and I realized that I was pushing some things way too hard, way too fast because I am worried about proving my worth. I’ve done enough work with my therapist to know where … Continue reading

The Blerd Identity (audio blog)


Politically Reactive is one of my favorite podcasts. The hosts, Hari Kondabolu and not-my-spirit-animal-because-that-would-be-culturally insensitive W. Kamau Bell, are funny and insightful and they have incredible guests on every week. I started listening as the election was winding up. Their episode after the election… a sheer “what the fuck just happened” moment… was incredibly cathartic. … Continue reading

The Fighter: An Ode to Scott

There are all kinds of friendships that you have in your life. There are best friends. You’re blessed if you get more than three of those in a lifetime. There are good friends. Usually that’s your inner circle, the folks that you call up when big life events happen. I guess the number of these … Continue reading

Demon Days: Reflecting on a month of depression

I’ve been dealing with an onset of depression recently. It’s weird. Sometimes I feel like I talk about my depression the way people talk about colds. “I caught some depression while I was outside the other day”.  Maybe it’s more like the way people talk about allergies. “Man, my depression is really bothering me.” Sometimes … Continue reading

Self Talk: Memorial Day, 2017

Between driving between Arlington and Baltimore and Baltimore and Pittsburgh, I spend a lot of time in the car. I thought that maybe I would spend some of that time a little more “productively”, whatever that means. So here’s the first edition of what I am tentatively calling “Self talk”. Let me know what you … Continue reading

Feast or Famine

This week I did something that I have not done for a long time; I fasted. My colleague at Arlington Presbyterian Church is on staff at Bread for the World. Bread is Christian organization that empowers people to reach out to policy makers on behalf of the chronically hungry around the world. In anticipation of … Continue reading

This is My Daughter’s World…

Earlier this week, Sophia Jade Weston turned five years old. I must confess to you that I was not in the best of places when my daughter was born. I was in the midst of what I now understand was a deep depressive episode. I was starting a new job in a part of the … Continue reading

Our Mother, Who art in Heaven…

Some time ago, I was in a bit of a writing slump and I asked my patrons if they had suggestions of subjects about which I should write. I got a few responses, all good, and I’ve written on a few of them. My friend David suggested writing about the Lord’s prayer in an age … Continue reading