About the Author

Ekemini Uwan is a public theologian and co-host of Truth’s Table Podcast. Her writings have been published in The Atlantic, Washington Post, Huffington Post Black Voices and her insights have been quoted by NPR, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker.

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  1. I try to acknowledge all Birthdays directly in phone connecting contact, not just social media.

    Also, I still send Christmas cards via snail mail.

    I never realized what it really means to sit at the table of family to commune and break bread. It is sacred to The Black Family Bond.
    I’m praying for the day when we can cook, commune and connect to ourselves as a family.
    Until Then…

    • I love how intentional you are with picking up the phone to give a birthday greeting and sending Christmas cards, too! I sent Christmas cards last year, and my friends and family were so touched by it.

  2. This was a wonderful piece and timely for me as I head off to my family reunion. God modeled everything we need! Applying the word to this was powerful!

    • Thank you very much, Andrea! I’m glad that it resonated with you, and I hope when you’re with your family, you’re reminded of God’s grand and expansive vision of family. Enjoy your family time!

  3. I try to maintain contact either through Facebook, phone calls, trading household and personal items.

  4. Yes! It is indeed a family affair. After reading the passage, a thought came to mind that piqued my curiosity. I began to wonder if we as a people realize that we are all bound by one source. I was able to visualize what the writer described. I remember my family reunions and how I could not wait for the following family function. Nowadays, people do not get together as a family; however, many extended family members are in attendance. I surmise that people have gotten away from traditional family affairs and adopted new, close friends and coworkers.

    • Yes, we sure are bound by one source: God. All of our lives are bound up together because of this, which is why it does matter how we treat one another. We need to love our neighbors as ourselves. It’s easy to forget that our family members are our neighbors, too! Thank you for this reflection, Teresa!

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