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The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 17

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Storms were coming that looked fierce but never truly developed into anything but a short shower. Red bumps filled the skin covering my right hip.  Each step I took caused my robe to rub up against those bumps and made them itch more.  I knew I was in for a hot itchy day.   The […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 16

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  I woke up.  I woke up.  I woke up.  The transition from sleep to engagement with the world was difficult.  I felt terrible.  This was only to be my fourth day on my pilgrimage.  How would I survive?  I prayed and started to force my bones to move.   Still moving slowly, I met […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 15

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I was not too far over the Brazos County line when a Sheriff’s Deputy rolled up.  Jumping out of the car, the Deputy started a line of call and response with me, “Where are you going?”  “To Austin”  “Walking?”  “Yes, I am walking from Livingston to Austin in protest of the death penalty.”  “Ok…”  Then […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 14

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Sleeping is not easy when you are not on a bed.  We take our rest for granted.  Homelessness is a pervasive problem in our world.  We do violence everyday when we don’t consider the sleepless nights of others.  I spent the first few waking hours of my second day on pilgrimage walking against the death […]

A Child of God and Boldly Addressing the Violent Hate that Killed Her

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  Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death today a few days after turning down a fellow student’s invitation to the prom at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Connecticut.  The incident happened less than 25 miles from the site of another school massacre…Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.  The killers in both instances had a […]

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, […]

We Can End This: Remarks to the Fort Worth Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Prayer Breakfast

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  I believe in God…but most of all I believe in love.  If we believe the writer of 1 John, God and love are synonymous terms.  The question of the death penalty is a question of love.  How far will our love and forgiveness extend?  Will our love span the entire cycle of violence from […]

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