Enuma Okoro

Recent Entries

When Your Church Is Silent

On Saturday, George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the trial for the murder of teenager Trayvon Martin. I was and have remained in shock. No—not shocked—devastated and dumbfounded, at a loss for words. Thinking immediately of my two little nephews who are growing up black and unarmed in America. Thinking for the first time that maybe, possibly, there is a silver lining to the fact that I don’t have children?

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July 17, 2013

For Your Penance…

Lent has begun, the penitential season of the Christian church calendar. With the imposition of ashes we begin the forty days of fasting for deeper reflection, confessing one’s transgressions – that which causes us to move backwards instead of towards God, and for seeking God’s ongoing forgiveness and pardon. In the past whenever I have heard some variation of the word “penitent” I immediately related it to divinely ordered punishment, meting out justice, and necessary guilt. I can’t blame that on my Catholic upbringing. I think in large part such associations with the word penitent comes from a wider cultural and religious imagination.

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February 28, 2012

Noting a Woman’s Body

God knows women’s bodies always have a way of getting our attention. This is not breaking news. But in the past two weeks two storylines have been breaking out and gaining traction on the female body, and I have been both painfully and gratefully reminded that there are always at least two sides to any story.

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January 05, 2012