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A Word & Prayer at the Rally Protesting the Murder of Rubén García

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  “Good Evening. My name is the Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood. I serve as the Minister of Social Justice for Hope for Peace and Justice, the social justice ministry of the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ. I am here representing a rainbow people. When Grapevine Police Officer Robert Clark murdered Rubén García, we […]

May Love Win: The Queerness of Working to Abolishing the Death Penalty

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*Words Delivered at Hope for Peace & Justice’s “I’m Queer and I Care Rally” at the Legacy of Love Monument in Dallas, Texas   Good evening, my name is the Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood, Minister of Social Justice for Hope for Peace & Justice. I am grateful for this opportunity to be out here tonight […]

Does Ty’s Life Matter? : The Betrayal of Silence Following the Murder of a Transgender Woman of Color

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Ty Underwood. Most people don’t know her name. Most people don’t know her story. Most people would just prefer not to know and keep going on about their lives. I can’t. Last week, Ty Underwood was brutally murdered somewhere near 24th Street in North Tyler, Texas. In addition to the murder, Ty faced the numerous […]

Memories of a Trip with Ramon: Words Spoken at a Cathedral of Hope

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  Good morning Cathedral!  I think it is appropriate for me to tell you a little about my week on the same day that we are remembering and celebrating the life of Matthew Shepard.  When Matthew Shepard died, there were so many of us who promised “never again.”  We declared, “When we meet situations of […]

Jose Antonio Vargas at ImagiNATION: Immigration

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Once there was a couple with a young son who were forced to flee their homeland. Throughout the treacherous journey, the family wrestled mightily to finish the trip. Upon arrival, the family struggled to adapt to their new surroundings. The language and customs were so different from their home. People would often stare and make […]

“Embracing the Power of the Queer” – A Sermon Delivered at the Cathedral of Hope / June 4, 2014

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  adapted transcription below full video at https://www2.cathedralofhope.com/worship/2014-worship/123-2014-june/2720-june-04-sermon What a powerful thing to be standing before you tonight.  My story is convoluted and strange.  The first time I took communion from someone I knew was openly gay…was from Rev. Mike Piazza when he visited Emory University and I was a student there.  That was a […]

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