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We’re Dead: Guns Mattered More

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  With the defeat of multiple gun control measures this evening, the US Senate has made it clear that they believe that guns matter more than human lives.   The blood that flowed out of Mother Emanuel AME Church doesn’t matter.   The blood that flowed out of Pulse Nightclub doesn’t matter.   The blood […]

On the One Year Anniversary of the Tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church

Nine victims of the Charleston church shooting. 
 Top row: Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
middle row: Daniel Simmons,  Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders
Bottom row: Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson

  Almost a year ago, I released this statement to numerous outlets after learning of the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church:   “Tragedy amplifies our desperate desire to hear a word from God. In the midst of suffocating times, sojourners gathered last night and placed their ears to the sky. As a testament to […]

The Fire at the Upstairs Lounge: The Worst LGBT Massacre in US History Occurred 42 Years Ago Today

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  On June 24, 1973, an arsonist attacked the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans, Louisiana. The space was full of members of the local Metropolitan Community Church gathered to celebrate the last night of Pride Weekend. When the fire broke out, the bars on the windows kept most people from escaping. As onlookers made jokes, […]

Forecasting the Future: Repenting of Racism and Daring to Go in Love

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*Preached at Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Dallas on 6/21/15   Less than a week ago, a young man entered a bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. For over an hour, the group communed around the word of God. In that hour, the people of Mother Emanuel illustrated the love […]

“I Forgive You” : Words from the Dallas Mother Emanuel AME Church Vigil

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  *Living Faith Covenant Church on 6/19/15   Many years ago, I received a phone call that no one would ever want to receive. My father informed me that my uncle had committed suicide. His next request was unfathomable. I need you to go and tell your grandparents before they find out from someone else. […]

On the Tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church

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  “Tragedy amplifies our desperate desire to hear a word from God. In the midst of suffocating times, sojourners gathered last night and placed their ears to the sky. As a testament to their love, the group welcomed a stranger. When the shots rang out, the nine souls of Mother Emanuel AME Church heard the […]

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