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The Violence of Demanding Peaceful Protest: The Missteps of Clergy in Ferguson

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“We don’t want anyone getting arrested or lashing out in anger.  It is your job to keep people calm.”  These are the words that a local clergyperson shared with me before I traveled to West Florissant Ave. to participate in demonstrations in Ferguson.  Throughout the night, clergy consistently congratulated each other that everything seemed to […]

The Death in Ferguson

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“Love is going to fuck you up.”  The ominous words rang out from a woman standing on the street corner.  Pointing at me, the woman declared, “You are going to have to die before you can love anybody here.”  I knew she was right.  The Prophetess of Ferguson reminded me of all the times I […]

Prayer for Racial Reconciliation and Justice at Cathedral of Hope

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We are a church…we are a congregation forged out of oppression and marginalization.  This is a church that is no stranger to violence.  Many of you have experienced violence in your own lives…and against your own persons.  The death of Michael Brown and the events that have followed in Ferguson, Missouri have reminded us that […]

The Complete Pilgrimage Journal: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 12-19, 2014

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June 12 and 13   Roads comfort me.  I often find myself on bright days and dark nights between strips of white and yellow paint.  When I meet him, I often wonder who he is and what he has done with my self.  The confusion lets me know that I am still alive and perhaps […]

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 […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 12 and 13

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Roads comfort me.  I often find myself on bright days and dark nights between strips of white and yellow paint.  When I meet him, I often wonder who he is and what he has done with my self.  The confusion lets me know that I am still alive and perhaps growing in my humanity.  There […]

The United States Flag at the Front of the Church is Blasphemous

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  A United States soldier processed the flag of the United States of America in to our sanctuary as we stood at attention singing “God Bless America.”  The veterans in our midst were honored as we sang the “Star Spangled Banner.”  The “Battle Hymn of the Republic” proceeded the pastor’s fiery sermon on the coming […]

A Few Thoughts for My Sons Jeff and Phillip on the Occasion of their Second Birthday

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  You are young now.  You can only say a few words.  There will come a time when you will know more words and will be called upon to speak.  I want to write a few words to you before that time comes.   We are the inheritors of a tremendous faith tradition of love […]

Power in the Blood: Oscar Romero, A Failed Atonement Theory and the Inner Seed of Liberty

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Growing up our church was a rather stoic place.  On Sundays we sang stoic songs.  There were only a few foot-tapping songs in the hymnal and only on rare occasions did we ever get close to any hand clapping.  There was however one song that seemed to get the feet tapping, bodies swaying and hands […]

Letter 2 / Death Row Inmate Will Speer on the Nature of God / Theology from Death Row

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Jeff and friends, This is long overdue and I am happy to be able to be a part of this and give my ideas, feelings and thoughts.  “Theology from Death Row”  I am excited to do this yet at the same time a little nervous!  Smile!  Before I begin I’d like to share some love […]

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