Author: Anastassia Zinke

No One Should Be Next

When I was about eight, my brother was shot. He was walking
in Boston, and got caught in some crossfire. He was in college then, and when
he came home over the summer some months later, he was walking with a cane still.
He let me run my … read more.

May Nothing Evil Cross This Door

Our gray
hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition,
opens with a ward of protection:

My home’s mezuzah.

May nothing evil cross this door, and may ill fortune never pry about these windows;

and may ill fortune never pry about these windows;

may
the roar and rain go by.

These words of … read more.

Unpacking Whiteness: An Origin Story

When I was in nineteen, one of my friends – who I partnered
with to help our college student body engage in conversations about racism and
privilege – looked at me and said, “You know you are white right?” I was
startled, but answered “Yes.”

Still this question … read more.

A Tale of Two Kings

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking. (Photo by Julian Wasser/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Rep. Steve
King of Iowa is a man with political power, who gained ascendancy in part
through demeaning immigrants and stirring fear.

Martin
Luther King, jr. was a man of moral and prophetic imagination, … read more.