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The Pilgrimage for Raphael Holiday is The Pilgrimage for Abolition

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  This Wednesday, Raphael Holiday will be executed minutes after 6pm at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Unlike many of those I’ve encountered on death row, I believe that Holiday deserves to die.   In early 2000, Raphael was partnered with Tami Wilkerson. Together, they lived in a secluded log cabin in Madison County […]

Opening Prayer at the Fellowship of Reconciliation Centennial Gala

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*My daughter Madeleine joined me on stage. Oh God, we thank you for 100 years of pursuing peace and justice in our world. This room is full of energy and ideals…but sometimes we can be a little slow. So…God we ask that you take the fire that is in all of our hearts tonight and […]

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 […]

Don’t You Dare Turn Your Head: The Self-Immolation of The Rev. Charles Moore

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The fiery passion of 79-year-old retired United Methodist pastor The Rev. Charles Moore is raging in my soul right now.  On June 23 around 5:30pm, Moore exited his vehicle in Grand Saline, Texas, doused his body with gasoline and set himself on fire.  After rescue efforts by bystanders, Moore was taken by helicopter to Parkland […]

Pushing into the Darkness to Be the Light

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  The children walk down the aisles of our churches waving palms all around.  Together, we reenact the celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.  Palm Sundays are always festive times.  Everyone knows that the next time they gather it will be Resurrection Sunday and Jesus will have won a great victory over death.  The problem […]

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