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The Southern Progressive Sunday School Class

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  These are words overheard this morning…   We got to do something about climate change y’all. We’ve got to stop buying bottled water.   The world is getting tough. Years ago, we used to have throwaway money to help all the poor children in Mexico. Now, we don’t have no more throwaway money.   […]

The Immigration Question

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*Interaction from the Hope for Peace and Justice “Imagination: Immigration 2” Panel I served on today (9/26).   Q: Where should our efforts to solve the immigration crises begin?   A: We must stop treating people like shit. We must learn to love our neighbors. The problem is that we don’t even know who our […]

The Juxtaposition of Our Borders: A Queer Conversation on the Way to Immersion

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  *This is a conversation that took place on July 27, 2015 between Kristin Kelly, Christian Parks and I on our journey to an immersion experience on the US/Mexico border focused on queer theology.   J: Who is God at the juxtaposition of our borders?   K: God is borderless. God is the immigrant coming […]

Our Borders Can’t Shutdown Communion

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  The terrain looked fuzzy. Heat has a way of altering our perceptions. The wall was enormous. The square poles made of scrap steel filled with concrete were placed one after the other for miles and miles. The dust grew thicker. People on the other side waved. The ropes used by migrants to scale the […]

The God Beyond Borders: A Prayer at the Start of a Queer Immersion

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  * A prayer at the beginning of an immersion on the border of the United States and Mexico.   You are God. You are Dios. You are Allah. You are Jah. You are Adonai. You are the queerest of them all. You are the God beyond our borders. You are the God beyond God. […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #509 Edgar Tamayo / January 22, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Edgar Tamayo- Silence. Mexican national Edgar Tamayo decided to remain silent during his execution. After looking back at other cases, I realized that a considerable amount of persons being executed in Texas that have remained silent are […]

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 […]

Beyond Borders: An Unexpected Trip to Mexico with a Dying Man

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  I didn’t expect to be on a flight to Mexico.  I thought I would spend most of today completing multiple unfinished writing projects that I have long neglected.  Things changed when I met Ramon.  Carrollton, Texas is not the type of place one would expect miracles to happen.  When I pulled up to the […]

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