Faith, Love, Politics, and Social Justice

About the Author

The Rev. Dr. Karyn Carlo, is a retired New York City Police Captain turned preacher, teacher, and theologian. She earned her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York City where, working with her mentor the Rev. Dr. James H. Cone, she focused on the various ways Christians think about the cross and resurrection in the context of social justice work. An ordained American Baptist pastor, she currently serves as a global theological educator teaching in the US, Burma, Liberia and elsewhere.

9 responses

  1. Suniti

    Thank you for your posts. This last week i have felt as if I am attending the funeral of social justice on US American soil. Your posts help to understand and continue the fight. Thank you.

    November 14, 2016 at 2:38 pm

  2. Rev Virginia A.M. Stith

    Thank you for speaking the truth.

    November 14, 2016 at 11:08 pm

  3. Rochelle Rhodes

    God bless you woman of God for standing for truth. Very few Black and Whites have the boldness to do what you are doing. Hats off to you! May God by His Spirit grant you more grace to do what He has called you to do. I declare no weapons formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that rises up against you shall be condemned. God has given you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and nothing by any means shall harm you. You are blessed and God has called you in this season to speak his Word to a dying generation…and with that being said…your fruit shall remain until Jesus comes back to get his bride.

    Your sister in Christ,


    November 24, 2016 at 4:45 pm

  4. Laura Jaques

    I love your posts!! Thank you for giving our society such well stated, logical thoughts about race, privilege, etc.. Often we have difficulty discussing these issues because we tend to emotionally react in defensiveness against the idea that we have “done something wrong”. The fact that you can shine a clear light on social issues without emotional accusation and shame inducing language will hopefully help some of your readers to put aside their defensiveness and truly consider whether they may be participating in behaviors that, intentional or not, prevent social justice. I guess what I’m trying to say is, you rock and I’m grateful to you for taking the time and effort to educate us about such important issues affecting our country. Thank you.

    December 8, 2016 at 4:05 pm

  5. Dr. Carlo, thank you for this response. As a Black woman of multi-ethnic heritage, first generation north, seminarian, and youth minister/director, I struggled all night with what I wanted to say to the teens about this. My own daughters are 18 and 15 1/2. They see the injustice in this. My stomach turned in the near-demand for forgiveness of this admitted racist woman and her intentional murder of this Black man. I can not believe she did not know she wasn’t in her own home. I’m in the middle of my ordination process (UMC, Certified Deacon) and one of the pointed questions among our writings is about Grace. I will quote you in my papers, especially as my last meeting with the board was with a room of majority white women. We have to demand more and it does start by really examining the systemic racism that permeates every part of this country, and reckon with it.

    October 3, 2019 at 12:46 pm

  6. Truly, Truly I’m in told agreement with a well posted message. For some reason we feel less than others and obligate to be at fault for life crises. We truly need to study the Word of God with revelation & conviction. Life & information is everywhere but we seem to missing the real message. Pray for a true awakening within the body of Christ♡♡♡

    October 3, 2019 at 3:41 pm

  7. Susan Cummings

    Thank you for your insights. As a white ally of all who are oppressed, I try to recognized my privilege and use it for social justice in my home town. Your work educates me, challenges me, and helps me be a human who seeks grace, justice, and empathy while I speak out with the community of color here.
    peace and blessings

    October 3, 2019 at 5:53 pm

  8. Roberto

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. I am a white hetero (mostly, as I see us all as two-spirit, i.e, embracing the sacred feminine, and sacred masculine all in one) male (I say this because we white hetero males are responsible for the vast majority of the oppression, violence, destruction heeped on this planet, so we need to hold ourselves accountable for changing that). I have been involved with racial justice work for a long time. It is such a welcome breath of fresh air, to have a white woman speak truth about injustice and not white wash it, and not hide behind being a “fragile” woman. Huge props to you for your courage and integrity.

    October 3, 2019 at 8:42 pm

  9. Sheilaa Hite

    As a person and a woman of color with a heart, a conscious, a working mind, and a desire to live in courageous truth, I am thrilled beyond belief at your words, your commitment , and your work. Anyone protesting your words is announcing to the world that they are using all of the resources of their will to cling to and fight for what they know on so many levels is denial of the truth. Do continue doing the Truth Warrior work that you’re doing– those who stand with you need to know they aren’t alone, and those who are committed to denying the truth need to be confronted with it. Who knows?– some of the deniers might even grow tired of holding on to their lies and choose to come into the Light.

    October 16, 2019 at 5:25 am

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