Tag Archives: #BlackLivesMatter

Gather Together

Do not be alone right now. Gather together. Gathering together grows courage: in ourselves and in others who see the numbers swelling. It is a small thing, but it is a thing. Right now, it is an important thing. Great … Continue reading

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Weaving Stories of Beloved Community – Part I (sermon)

Let me begin with gratitude. Gratitude for this moment, for this breath. Gratitude to finally be here with you. Let me speak gratitude for the many kindnesses and gestures of generosity that have been already extended to me and to … Continue reading

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The Hope Question (Part I)

In the room full of mental health practitioners getting a classical primer on mindfulness and Buddhism from Andrew Olendzki, the final question of the day was what I call Given that my livelihood is ministry, I encounter this question from … Continue reading

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#BlackLivesMatter Yard Signs: The Saga Continues…

Just over a month ago, I replaced one stolen #Blacklivesmatter sign with three on my front lawn. I knew this was not likely to be the end of the story. It wasn’t. About a month they lasted.  Then, over the … Continue reading

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Illuminating the Ministry of Joshua Young: His Ministry Still Speaks (sermon)

First Parish Church of Groton February 28, 2016 audio available here Imagine the most notorious train cargo of its time. The body of a man executed for treason. Imagine half the populace is simmering with vengeance and the other half … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter: When You Remove One Sign, Three Takes Its Place

This week, in the city where I live, the mayor endorsed the installation of a Black Lives Matters sign on the City Hall building.   Downtown.  On Main Street.  On the front-facing facade of the building that is the seat of … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Tamir: One Year Anniversary

We gather at this time 3:30, November 22, because Tamir Rice’s family, and our own sense of integrity and justice, calls us to do so.   In their grief and outrage, they call us to be our best selves, in … Continue reading

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Prayer on the First Anniversary of Michael Brown’s Death

May the words of our mouths and the meditations of all of our hearts contribute to peace and justice in this world.  I invite you at the end of each passage to speak these words in unison: We bear witness. … Continue reading

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Showing Up for Racial Justice: One White Person's Wading into the Waters… (Part II)

Part II: C’mon In, the Water’s … You Tell Me I wonder if you might have some time right now to talk with me about racial justice, about what’s going on in our nation, and how heart-breaking it is? With … Continue reading

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On the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth: In the Shadow of Mother Emmanuel AME

Today marks the 150th anniversary of Junteenth – 150 years ago, and two and a half years after it should have – word of the Emancipation Proclamation made it to the enslaved African and African Americans of Texas.  Reaction included … Continue reading

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