Police brutality and the unjust judge

“Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, ‘In a certain city, there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people.  In that city, there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my […]

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Leaving A Trail

Persons use incidents like the tragic and unfortunate death of Mr. Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri to say that we are not ready for a post- racial America. They shout down the word, shake their hands and heads at those who use it– both angered and saddened at our ignorance and naivete. They seem to […]

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Before & After Ferguson

Persons who are protesting the shooting of unarmed teenager, Mr. Michael Brown, Jr., are saying, “I can’t believe we’re here again, that we’re doing this again.”  Some are angry and even disappointed that they are seeing the same old seemingly race- based, race- driven stories and they are responding the same way, using the same words […]

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Ferguson: Given Our History

“We are trapped in history and history is trapped in us,” James Baldwin said.  Perhaps, it is time to remove the snare, to be free to live in the moment.  To receive the present as a gift of newness. While I am certainly one who loves history, reflection and meditating on words of old, I […]

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Ferguson: An Unnecessary Repetition

I have heard persons say that we have seen this before, that we have heard these police accounts and witness statements before, that we have heard the President, politicians and news personalities make these same arguments before. Again.  It is a troubling word when used in sentences involving the untimely death of a teenager.  An […]

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Ferguson: Healing the Wounded Now

“Hands up; don’t shoot!”  It is the rallying cry of persons whose eyes are on and hearts are with the family of Mr. Michael Brown, Jr.  and the people of Ferguson.  It is an instruction given to police officers, reminding them of the universal sign of surrender and the appropriate action when it is given. […]

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Ferguson: The Healing Process

I have heard throughout this ordeal involving the death of Mr. Michael Brown and resultant protests, looting and rioting of the “old wounds” that have been reopened.  Apparently, “race relations” in the city have been bad for decades and Mr. Brown’s death is the straw that broke the community’s back.  His dead body lying on the street […]

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