Tag Archives: #BlackLivesMatter

Mother's Day Proclamation in the Shadow of #BaltimoreUprising

Mother’s Day is upon us. In Unitarian Universalist congregations, Mother’s Day is often spent invoking the words of Unitarian Julia Ward Howe and her Mother’s Day Proclamation. She wrote it in 1870 as an international anti-war cry, having witnessed the … Continue reading

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

It was a Sunday of worship when those gathered were paying homage to the efforts and sacrifices of the civil rights movement. It could have been the Sunday before the MLK Jr. holiday. It could have been the fiftieth anniversary … Continue reading

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Prayer on the 50th Anniversary of Selma

audio version here Dearest God, Sweet Divine Spark, we call out now, in hope that all Creation will hear. This planet, Oh God, is reeling. The nations, Dear Lord, are suffering. The peoples, Tender Mercy, are full of pain. There … Continue reading

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Trooper Responsive: The Story Continues

(Earlier today, I sent this letter.  I comment about the response at the end of this post.) Colonel Timothy Alben Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police  Dear Sir: It is not an easy time to be a police officer in … Continue reading

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Arriving at the Rally on Police Brutality in the Back of a Police Cruiser

 Or, A Story of Ms. Panache and Her Four Angels Her floppy hat was made of thick velour, different colors, covered in political buttons and fabric flowers. Her scarves were multiple and multi-colored. She walked with a metal cane that … Continue reading

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The Great (Racial Justice) Turning (Part II)

(Part I can be found here.) We long for a clear, identifiable fix. Something that we can advocate for – it might not come tomorrow or next week, but we can name it now (like body cameras on police officers, … Continue reading

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Eric and Jesus Can't Breathe: Another Non-Indictment (Part I)

Seeringly poignant, this point. We can advocate for bodycams on police, sign every petition, the national ones, the local ones. We can write to the governor, to our state reps and senators. We can call our local police stations.  We … Continue reading

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Returning to Langston: Poems of Our Times

When I preached on the Sunday a week after Mike Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri, like many ministers that week, I changed the topic I was going to preach on — like many ministers are choosing to do this … Continue reading

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Let's not Just Make Noise, Let's Make a Difference: On the Night of No Indictment of Darren Wilson

I am supposed to be moved to write something, or say something, or craft some response to the news from Ferguson, Missouri. Something deep or inspiring. Instead, I am stunned. And sad. Existentially fretful. Deeply discouraged. I have nothing new … Continue reading

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