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Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation By John Lewis Mr. Lewis, the civil rights leader who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral. July 30, 2020 While my time here has now come to an end, I want you […]

ARE YOU A MINORITY?

I previously shared that words have meaning and words have power. Of equal importance with the words that are said is how the words are heard. Many of us have used the phrase, “It is not only what you say, it is also how you say it.” Inherent in that phrase is the understanding that […]

Pastor’s Pen – July 5, 2020

ARE YOU A MINORITY? – July 5, 2020 If you say, “I am not a minority,” then you are understanding what has and is consistently being done to diminish, devalue, discredit, dehumanize and even demonize people of color and the continent of Africa. The continent of Africa is not a dark continent, does not have […]

ARE YOU A MINORITY?

ARE YOU A MINORITY? In responding to that question, some will often say, “Well, those are just words.” It is true that those are just words, however, we also understand that words have meaning and words have power. Additionally, we understand that words, when used to identify and/or define someone or something, set the perspective […]

JUNETEENTH – A BLACK CHURCH THEOLOGICAL STATEMENT

A THEOLOGICAL STATEMENT FROM THE BLACK CHURCH ON JUNETEENTH Rev. Eboni Marshall Turman Jun 19, 2020 6:00 am ET. On the occasion of this 155th observance of Juneteenth, a collective of Black pastors and theologians lift our voices to emphatically repudiate white supremacy and anti-Black violence. Although we have been temporarily severed from our respective […]

PRAYING FOR AND DEMANDING JUSTICE – JUNE 14, 2020

PRAYING FOR AND DEMANDING JUSTICE ​James Baldwin shared in 1961, “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious, is to be in a rage almost all the time. So that the first problem is how to control that rage so that it won’t destroy you.” ​Although shared in 1961, many of […]

PRAYING AND DEMANDING JUSTICE

The Pastor’s Pen: ​​ ​​ PRAYING FOR AND DEMANDING JUSTICE ​In January of this year, the Urban Center–Milwaukee convened an institute titled Proclaim: Your Life Speaks – Our Lives Speak. As a scriptural focus for the institute, God revealed to Dr. Trinette McCray a passage of scripture that was appropriate to celebrate the life of […]

PASTOR’S PEN – DEMANDING JUSTICE

PRAYING FOR AND DEMANDING JUSTICE ​While we are still attempting to make sense of the senseless murder of Ahmaud Arbery, it was revealed that Breonna Taylor was murdered in her house in Louisville, Kentucky by police officers in the early morning of March 13, 2020. ​Breonna was an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) who worked at […]

PRAYING FOR AND DEMANDING JUSTICE

PRAYING FOR AND DEMANDING JUSTICE On February 23rd, at 1:00 p.m., Ahmaud Arbery was out jogging in Brunswick, Georgia when he was confronted by two white men in a pickup truck who were supposedly chasing a Black man who was supposedly breaking into houses. I say, “Supposedly” because there was no evidence that Ahmaud had […]

Pastor’s Pen – May 3, 2020

Pen: ​​​​ PRAYING AND GETTING WHAT YOU WANT ​Many of us have heard the question, “How does The Father answer our prayers?” As well, many of us know that the answers that are commonly given are “Yes,” “No,” and/or “Wait.” Whereas, we have heard these answers, and possibly used these answers, to the question, “How […]

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