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Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #521 Donald Newbury / February 4, 2015

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Donald Newbury-  “That each new indignity defeats only the body.” Donald Newbury knew that the indignity of execution could only defeat the body. For Newbury, the soul is always free for those who allow it to be. […]

50 Years After Selma: Jesus is Transgender

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*I wrote this post for the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists and the original can be found at http://www.awab.org/wablog/archives/03-2015 The most terrifying substance known to our world is difference. When people can’t control or contain it, they want to destroy it. The fall of humanity is centered on a failure to love and respect […]

The Blessing of Communion at Domestic Violence Prevention Wednesday // Cathedral of Hope UCC 10/8/14

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  Well…I’m a little tired.  I’ve had a hell of a day to be honest with you.  I don’t know if any of you share such sentiments.  I had two particularly painful experiences today.  One was this afternoon…I shared time with a 28-year-old man who is dying of bone cancer.  There was a tremendous amount […]

The Call to Ferguson

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The phone rang.  I wasn’t expecting a call so late.  “Would you be willing to go to Ferguson on our behalf?”  I was surprised by the question.  For the last few days, I told numerous people that I would not be traveling to Ferguson.  I didn’t have the money.  I knew I would miss the […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 18

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Walking down a busy highway late in the day was different than anything I’d done before.  People were honking and yelling as I walked.  I don’t think anyone was honking and yelling because they liked the look of a man in a robe either.  I was unnerved.  I thought about stopping.  I was tired.  I […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 16

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  I woke up.  I woke up.  I woke up.  The transition from sleep to engagement with the world was difficult.  I felt terrible.  This was only to be my fourth day on my pilgrimage.  How would I survive?  I prayed and started to force my bones to move.   Still moving slowly, I met […]

On the Eve of Pilgrimage: Contemplating Walking 200 miles from Livingston to Austin in Opposition to Execution

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Community leaders of the day stood with their stones ready.  The law said that the woman caught in adultery was to be killed.  Everyone looked up to see what Jesus would do.  Joining the woman in the dirt, Jesus used his body to save her.  Without the body of Jesus, the woman would have perished. […]

A Few Thoughts for My Sons Jeff and Phillip on the Occasion of their Second Birthday

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  You are young now.  You can only say a few words.  There will come a time when you will know more words and will be called upon to speak.  I want to write a few words to you before that time comes.   We are the inheritors of a tremendous faith tradition of love […]

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