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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 […]

Let the Children Come to Me: Words Upon Arrival at an Immigration Action in Washington, D.C.

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  There is a child crying nearby and we ignore it.  The louder the cries of the child become the more we cover our ears.  The crying grows louder and louder until it reaches a desperate scream yet still we refuse to be moved.  Then the cry goes silent.  This is the story of our […]

Why We Can’t Wait: A Sunday Letter from a Baptist Pastor to my Methodist Colleagues

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There in the darkness a courageous Baptist Pastor sat furiously transcribing a letter.  The words the Baptist Pastor wrote were a response to a letter from a Methodist Bishop and other clergy asking the minister to be patient in the face of injustice.  The words the Baptist Pastor wrote still ring loudly in my ears, […]

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