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GOOD PEOPLE!

Nov 13
2017

Fellow Justice Seekers! Good People! What exactly comes to mind when we hear that expression? I dare suggest that if we polled any number of people to ascertain a consensus of what “good people” mean, the results would most likely prove inconclusive. On the other hand, why does this even matter? It matters because, if we look to the works and words of the world’s great thinkers,...

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#TAKEAKNEE

Oct 9
2017

Fellow Justice Seekers! In this month, that is also “National LGBT History Month”, it is fitting to recall black lesbian feminist, Audre Lorde, who declared, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House”. Her words hover over the strident noise of current debates regarding athletes, the National Anthem and American flag. It is said...

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” They Came for …”

Aug 29
2017

Beloved People of God, On the heels of the most recent, hateful announcement to come out of the “2017 White House”, i.e., – ‘The Ban’ On Transgender Troops” – my feeling, unlike most, is not so much “surprise, anger or sadness”, but rather, just plain ole “fatigue”. For if nothing else, the one indisputable thing that the current Administration...

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NOTHING BUT FIRE!

Jun 6
2017

Beloved People of God, “1On the day of PRIDE [Pentecost], all the Believers were meeting together in one place. 2Without warning, there was a sound like a mighty rushing wind-no one could tell where it came from. It filled the land of America [the entire house]. 3Then, [they saw] what looked like flames or fiery tongues moving...

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The Practice of Resurrection..

Apr 8
2017

Greetings Beloved Easter People, We are preparing to celebrate the “Resurrection of Jesus the Christ” and new life is in the air bringing with it a new, revealed vision no longer suited to the closet and we are being called out. At its most basic level, resurrection represents death’s transforming power of birth out of the death of the old. During this Easter season we are encouraged...

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“Rise Up!”

Mar 1
2017

Greetings Beloved People! March is here and for me this is typically great news. The joy of it all essentially means that spring is on the way ushering in longer days and more sunlight. But, given the atmosphere of the present social climate in America of intolerance and hate, confusion, and violence in the country, the threat of spirit depleting thoughts is palpable and weighty. Despite this, however,...

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WE, TOO, ARE AMERICA!

Feb 9
2017

Happy Fifteenth Anniversary, LICF! As our Church celebrates this momentous occasion, we resolutely affirm, given the current social and political climate, we are living testimony that “Love Wins!” This affirmation is necessary because our present times are so reflective of an image painted centuries ago, by the Prophet Isaiah (59:14):   “Justice is turned backward, and...

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“Everyone Matters”!

Jan 14
2017

Happy New Year’s Family! As I prepared this message, I struggled trying to find the right words to say. Having experienced ruthless political conflict; threats of terroristic social division, and now, chatter of a renewed nuclear arms race, I recognize that more than a few people may not feel the usual gaiety of second chances and fresh starts as we exit an old year. Still, at a minimum, I...

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“Sow Thankful”

Nov 13
2016

Happy National Gratitude Month, Everyone! How fitting is it that, this November, we are doubly encouraged to be grateful. It is “way” cool, that not only will we celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of this month, but that thirty days are now set aside for us to daily practice being grateful. “National Gratitude Month” is a suitable opportunity for us to initiate a...

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WHO NEEDS YOU?

Oct 4
2016

Greetings Sisters and Brothers of Faith, Not that it should be surprising or anything, but “your community needs you”! And if you are wondering why, just count the slew of television commercials coming at us back to back. “Vote for Him”. “Vote for Her”. Everybody wants our vote. As a result, too many are left thinking, “What should I do? I don’t like...

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