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The Closing Prayer at WE ARE NOT AFRAID: LGBTQ Responses to Hate

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*Prayer given on 10/11/15 at a rally to respond to recent beatings and murders in the Dallas Gayborhood. Almighty God…you are known by many names and found by many paths…we thank you for your presence with us tonight. Let us first apologize to you and our neighbors. We repent for all the times that we […]

The Prayer at the End of the Walk to Stop Executions

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*Closing Prayer at the Walk to Stop Executions at Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus, Ohio Almighty God…We know you by many names…but today we gather for a primary purpose of abolition…but first we must repent. We repent that we wake up most days and don’t give a shit about the death penalty. We repent that […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #499 Elroy Chester / June 12, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Elroy Chester- “A lot of people say I didn’t commit those murders, I really did it.” Before he gave the Warden the go ahead, Elroy Chester wanted to make sure that everyone knew that he killed a […]

The Indictment of Jesus in the Flames of Ferguson

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I have not looked at all the evidence. I only know that an armed police officer named Darren Wilson shot an unarmed man named Michael Brown over and over and over again. I don’t need more evidence. I don’t need more explanation. I don’t need more analysis. I am angry. For a while after the […]

Sharing the Good News of Jesus with Southern Baptists: A Mission to Nashville

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  “It is hard for me to not believe that homosexuality is a sin when God tells us in Leviticus to kill those who perpetuate homosexual acts.”  In May of 2002, a fiery Southern Baptist preacher proclaimed these hateful words to be the words of God.  Those in attendance cheered him on.  Each time I […]

The Violence of Demanding Peaceful Protest: The Missteps of Clergy in Ferguson

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“We don’t want anyone getting arrested or lashing out in anger.  It is your job to keep people calm.”  These are the words that a local clergyperson shared with me before I traveled to West Florissant Ave. to participate in demonstrations in Ferguson.  Throughout the night, clergy consistently congratulated each other that everything seemed to […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 14

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Sleeping is not easy when you are not on a bed.  We take our rest for granted.  Homelessness is a pervasive problem in our world.  We do violence everyday when we don’t consider the sleepless nights of others.  I spent the first few waking hours of my second day on pilgrimage walking against the death […]

A Child of God and Boldly Addressing the Violent Hate that Killed Her

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  Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death today a few days after turning down a fellow student’s invitation to the prom at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Connecticut.  The incident happened less than 25 miles from the site of another school massacre…Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.  The killers in both instances had a […]

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