Angela Polite's "passion play" incorporates narrative, monologues, music and dance, culminating in a final scene that ties all grieving black mothers to Holy Mary.
Commentary: What is an authentically Catholic response to the Black Lives Matter movement, mass incarceration, abuse of police power and de-facto segregation in many public schools and communities?
Commentary: 2015 may be seen as the year that many whites were introduced to the precariousness of black life in America, thanks to the work of Black Lives Matter.
At the Intersection: I see parallels between the abuse scandal in the Catholic church and the slow awakening we are witnessing about the realities of police violence.
In a 19-page reflection, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Ill., said he twice had been the victim of what he considered to be unjust police attitudes.
NCR Today: "The failures of the grand jury process to indict the police officers involved [in the recent killings], have brought to our attention ... problems in law enforcement today."
"African-American brothers and sisters, especially brothers, in this country are more likely to be arrested, more likely to be executed, more likely to be killed."
It's the kind of statement that's often cited by black clergy and civil rights activists. But hours after a grand jury on Wednesday chose not to indict the New York City police officer who put Eric Garner into a fatal choke hold on Staten Island, those words came from none other than white evangelical leader Russell Moore.
I want to thank the demonstrators -- in Ferguson, Mo., New York, and nationwide -- for exposing a deep problem of justice that has plagued our nation for too long. For years, I had heard stories of police misconduct in African-American communities, and I believed them. But nothing brought home the gravity of the problem like these protests. To those who have marched for months: Thank you!