“Black & White Like Me” with Nathan Crankfield

Over the past month I’ve had the good pleasure to continue a conversation on racism and healing with Nathan Crankfield.

Nathan writes for and helps manages the website ThoseWhoSeek.org, an organization that seeks to create a movement of mission-focused Catholics who strive to live a life of excellence and intentionally lead others to do the same.

Nathan has a unique life story as man with a white mother and a black father who converted to the Catholic faith in his teens and served as an Army Ranger.

Nathan wrote a 3-part open letter to his white family and friends, black family and friends, and to the Christian Church at large. His writings are excellent and I highly encourage you to read his insights and pray about how we can all be the hands and feet of Christ in our world today.

It was an honor for me to do a 3-part video series that walks through the highlights of his letters and those videos are linked below (the 3rd one is the best one, in my opinion!)

Come, Lord Jesus! Help us to see and honor the dignity of every person we meet!

From Nathan’s bio:

Nathan Crankfield was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA. He was baptized Lutheran, but entered the Catholic Church at age 13, becoming the first Catholic in his family. In 2015, he graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University where he received an Army ROTC Scholarship. After graduation he was commissioned and trained as an Infantry officer at Fort Benning, GA where he also completed U.S. Army Airborne School and Ranger School. Upon completion, he was sent to Fort Bragg, NC where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division for three years.

 After a deployment to Afghanistan, Nathan knew it was time to pursue his love for evangelization. He has a deep passion for speaking and writing in order to encourage and inspire others to fulfill their potential and purpose. He now serves as a parish consultant for the Dynamic Catholic Institute.

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