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Reinfourcing the responsibility of trust . . .

enter site “O ye rich ones on earth! The poor in your midst are My trust; guard ye My trust and be not intent only on your own ease.” From this passage taken from the Baha’i Holy Writings can be found several hidden meanings. We instantly equate poverty with economic status but poverty can be of many kinds. In the Holy Bible we read: Blessed are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Continue reading Reinfourcing the responsibility of trust . . .

License to Kill African Americans – Part 2 In 2014, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke brutally murdered Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old Black youth, shooting him 16 times, most after he had already fallen to the pavement. Incredulously no charges were brought against the officer until public protests forced the release of the dash-cam video, showing the youth walking diagonally away from the police officers. Continue reading License to Kill African Americans – Part 2

Holding Hope comprare viagra generico a Napoli by Katie Adams
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quanto costa Viagra generico 25 mg online a Napoli There have been so many vigils lately. Vigils where we mourn the hundreds and thousands whose lives are senselessly cut short by gun violence. Vigils to stand in support of brave persons who are speaking the truth about sexual assault. Vigils to welcome the sojourner and stand alongside migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. Vigils to ensure that LGBTQIA communities are protected and celebrated. We march and pray and hold candles close against the wind. Continue reading Holding Hope

Gaining Spiritual Altitude . . .

click Upon having been asked, “What could possibly be worse than being blind, the immortal Helen Keller is said to have replied: “Having sight but no vision.”

The keen insight of this astounding individual continues to serve as a beacon since and will continue to do so. How unfortunate that so many of us with visual sight to see things as they are have absolutely no perception of how things could or should be or of what we could possibly do to effect change, individually and/or collectively. We each have become so tightly wrapped in our own insecurity blankets we’ve become totally oblivious to the hurt and/or potential fears of others. The solution is not isolation but dedication–to such individuals and causes that promote unity through diversity (and not uniformity); to promote self-esteem and to fostering respect for the differences in others whether physical, racial, cultural, political, religious or other. Continue reading Gaining Spiritual Altitude . . .

License to Kill African Americans – Part 1

In 1951, the Civil Rights Congress, which included such prominent African American figures as W.E.B. DuBois and Paul Robeson, submitted a brief to the United Nations entitled, “We charge genocide: The Crime of Government Against the Negro People.” Here is a quote from page 8 of that document:
“Once the classic method of lynching was the rope. Now it is the policeman’s bullet. To many an American, the police are the government, certainly its most visible representative. We submit that the evidence suggests that the killing of Negroes has become police policy in the United States and that police policy is the most practical expression of government policy.” Continue reading License to Kill African Americans – Part 1

Created in God’s Image by Brentley de Bardelaben Executive Associate, Justice and Local Church Ministries

As a member of the LGBTQI community and as an ordained clergyperson in the United Church of Christ (UCC), my heart is deeply saddened and my soul is greatly troubled as I pen this article. On February 26, 2019, the United Methodist Church (UMC) held a vote at a special session of the denomination’s General Conference in St. Louis in an attempt to resolve the UMC’s debate regarding LGBTQI clergy and gay weddings. Continue reading Created in God’s Image