Race is not the way

“Once we start paying attention to Jesus’ way, it doesn’t take long for us to realize that following Jesus is radically different from following anyone else.” | Eugene Peterson, The Jesus Way The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “The most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning.”  We […]

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Declining the invitation to hate

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a pastor, civil rights leader and martyr, said this in 1958, “A fifth point concerning nonviolent resistance is that it avoids not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. The nonviolent resister not only refuses to shoot his opponent but he also refuses to hate him.” Jagmeet […]

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The Burden of Hatred

“I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear.” ~ The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, we remember the work and witness of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  It is terribly unfortunate that we are still marching, protesting, singing, “We shall overcome.”  Another generation has […]

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Tearing Down the ‘White’ Wall of Silence

There has been much talk about the “blue wall of silence,” that is the expectation, the unwritten rule, the code shared among those who wear blue and carry a badge to protect and cover for their fellow officer.  They have to stick together; it is the police officers against a dangerous world. They will take care of each […]

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Crammed

“Unity has never meant uniformity.” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Why We Can’t Wait It is American to group, to lump together, to form insider and outsider groups. It is essential for the machinery of capitalism to function properly.  Our ongoing arguments keep its gears oiled. While fiercely declaring our independence and defending […]

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April 4

On the anniversary of his assassination, I am remembering these words: “Time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation […]

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Why you can’t wait

“Perhaps…the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”  ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can’t Wait It is strange to me that we have not seen beyond race, that it remains the supreme way in which we understand ourselves and each other.  I cannot believe that after nearly […]

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