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Seeing John Battaglia

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  The room was cold. It’s always cold in there. I was alone. Waiting. It seems that the purpose of prison is to wait. The seat was cold too. I laid my head on the little ledge. Sleep came quickly. I can’t remember if I dreamed or not. When you’re on death row, everything seems […]

Oak Lawn United Methodist Church: Where Jesus Sleeps

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  Though I have many dear friends that are United Methodist and love many of the teachings of Methodism, I hate the United Methodist Church. I hate the unity at all costs mentality. I hate the silence. I hate the caution. I hate the ists and isms that the denomination perpetuates. I could go on […]

Clergy and the Violence of Peace

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  It’s a long way from Dallas to Ferguson…but I had to go. I knew you couldn’t follow God and sit on your ass.   The air went out. Fire was all I knew. Sweat poured down my face. God met me there.   When I arrived, I was introduced to the clergy group. One […]

The Phrase: Remembering July 7

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  *Originally in Dallas Morning News on July 7, 2017   Life is a peculiar thing. Occasionally, you find yourself in places you never expected. The allure of something more pulls you further. Then, the world explodes.   I watched last year as police put Alton Sterling down like an animal. The video played over […]

The Sermon After the Shooting

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  Delivered after the July 7 shooting at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Denton, Texas on July 10, 2016.     It’s been a very busy time. Just a few days ago, I organized the rally and march that preceded the deaths of five police officers in Dallas. This morning I want to journey through the […]

The Murder of a Mom: Justice for Genevive Dawes!

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On January 18, 2017, two Dallas police officers trapped a stolen car in the back of a parking lot. When the car started to move, the officers discharged their weapons into the car. Genevive Dawes was mortally wounded and bled out a short time later. The 21-year-old unarmed mother of two was murdered.   In […]

Forbidden Words: Christmas Interactions with the Queer Christ

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An Interpretation of the Christmas Story   In the days of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, there was an old minister named Bob whose partner was named Tommy. For many years, the couple had wanted a child and now they were old. One evening as Bob was alone praying for a child, a bright light came […]

Words for Dallas’ ‘Enough is Enough’ Rally

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*I’m thankful that my brother Robert Morris read these words at the Dallas rally.   I apologize that I’m not with you this evening. Life won’t allow it. So, I’m forced to communicate to you at this grave hour through the written word.   We are in the middle of a national crisis. The bodies […]

DENTON, DALLAS AND THE AFTERMATH OF A SHOOTING

Gessel Tobias, VOA

  The slam of the car door sent me scrambling last night. I ran down the street as fast as I could. I knew it was happening all over again. Throughout my body, adrenaline exploded.  The terror was back. When I finally stopped, I was alone. The dark streets of our neighborhood reminded me that I was still close to […]

Problems.

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  Claiming a fictitious past. Finding a fictitious present. Praying for a fictitious future. You are the worst kind of liar. You don’t remember when you’re telling the truth. You say we have problems. Where were you? Where were you when the bodies dropped? Where were you when families were devastated? Where were you when […]

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