Deborah Jian Lee

Deborah Jian Lee is an award-winning journalist, radio producer, and the author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women & Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism (Beacon, 2015). She has worked as a staff reporter for the Associated Press, taught journalism at Columbia University, and written for Foreign Policy, Forbes, Slate, Reuters, GOOD, WBEZ, WNYC and others.
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Christians of Color Are Rejecting “Colonial Christianity” and Reclaiming Ancestral Spiritualities

This is how quickly it happened. One moment we were passing sumptuous kebob platters around the table making polite introductions, and the next we were swapping trauma stories that we—all people of color, many LGBTQ—had experienced in what were essentially white Christian spaces.* There was the black nonprofit worker who attended a Christian conference in the rural Southeast, where she had to walk past white men staring her down from pickup trucks draped in confederate flags; there was the … [Read more...]

Eric Swalwell and Jackie Speier Let Down Their Pro-Immigrant Base

On Twitter, Congressmembers Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) and Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) proclaim their opposition to President Trump’s abuses of power. But last month, rhetoric didn’t match reality. Both Swalwell and Speier voted in favor of Trump’s attempts to demonize and deport millions of immigrants. The pair were the only California Democrats to join House Republicans in supporting HR 3004, a draconian bill that would punish people fleeing violence or desperately seeking to return to … [Read more...]

What Does Repentance Look Like for the White Church?

A Conversation with Lisa Sharon Harper We are four months and counting into the administration of one of the least qualified people ever to assume the presidency—and the key demographic that ushered him into the White House, white evangelicals, has shown few signs of buyers’ remorse. In this Q&A with Lisa Sharon Harper, Deborah Jian Lee continues her work of asking how evangelicals of color have been responding to this betrayal at the polls. Harper is the chief church engagement officer … [Read more...]

Betrayed at the Polls, Evangelicals of Color at a Crossroads

He seemed drunk and ready for a fight. The man, mid-fifties, towering and broad shouldered, shouted over the other partygoers to his wife, “Honey, have you seen my jacket? It has my gun in it.” George Mekhail, a pastor in his early thirties, tried to ignore the man for most of the party. That is, until he staggered toward George, amped for a confrontation. George’s friend Jeff had invited him to this family friend’s Christmas gathering in Arlington, WA, a rural, predominantly white town … [Read more...]