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Golden… Just, for Today!

Jun 6
2019

Happy Golden Anniversary!  This year commemorates 50-years since the “Stonewall Uprising” and “we are glad about it!” The spontaneous demonstrations of rebellion that began on the night of June 28, 1969 and continued through the next six days changed the course of “LGBTQIATSNBGNC +” history forever. “Stonewall 50” as it is being called marks an...

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SPOTTING OUR SHADOW

May 7
2019

Greetings Sisters and Brothers of Faith,  Christendom has just celebrated Jesus’ miraculous fete of Resurrection which embodies death’s transforming power of birth out of the death of the old. Sadly, however, America’s present socio-political atmosphere is casting a “Good Friday” vibe. Hatred is flowing uninterrupted. Ideologies that many of us thought were dormant...

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“Everyone Matters, Still”!

Jan 19
2019

Happy New Year’s Family! As I greet you, I can’t help to acknowledge the backdrop in which we say so long to 2018. The tapestry of that backdrop is comprised of ruthless political conflict; threats of terroristic social division, and the hubris of the country’s leader-in-chief shutting down the government… I recognize that more than a few people may not feel the usual gaiety...

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Just Do It!

Nov 5
2018

Good Citizens! America’s democracy appears to be ailing. For aren’t we indisputably witnessing unprecedented attacks by the American Presidency on the media; the judiciary; federal law enforcement; the electoral process; state and local governments; Congress; democratic customs and principles; and civil society to name a few. Daily, the divider in chief, Donald Trump, spits rhetoric that...

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“WHY NOW?”

Oct 3
2018

Beloved Friends, It is unfortunate that as a culture, America blames its victims. In other words, victims are not to supposed to do, say, or wear anything [i.e., black men fighting back when attacked; or women in short or tight-fitting clothing fighting harder when assaulted] to antagonize or provoke adverse responses in probable predators. More pointedly,...

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ME or WE?

Aug 8
2018

Beloveds, Every day each of us is presented a choice of “ME or WE” when we say our prayers; make decisions; establish priorities; or live our lives either as insulated and isolated individuals or as persons connected interdependently with others. In any case, emptiness, derived from of a sense of isolation, frequently becomes a prerequisite for desperation. Desperation in turn happens...

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“S.A.M. I AM”

Jul 3
2018

Beloveds, The annual season of “Pride” has come to a close but in place of “afterglow”, which generally follows Pride celebrations, it is the glowing embers of tenuous liberties overcasting the day. This is to say, too many U.S. states are either passing or proposing to pass legislation that wantonly discriminates or abjectly reduce/reverse the civil rights of historically...

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“NO LONGER AT EASE”

Apr 24
2018

Beloved Easter People, Easter Day has come! This year’s Easter greeting is extended out of a mixed sense of ecstasy and despondency. That is, along with 2.1 billion people, all around the world, celebrating the “Resurrection of Jesus the Christ”, it is hard to overlook the intermingling of delight and discouragement against America’s present social backdrop that seems to value...

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HOPE AGAINST ALL HOPE

Mar 2
2018

Beloveds, We are well into the Lenten season and I am praying God’s grace to all. Lent is the Church’s time of preparation for the celebration of the “Resurrection of Jesus the Christ” which is accompanied by a sense of new life in the air. Woefully, however, this year’s celebration, for many, will be experienced under clouds of distress and some measure of hopelessness....

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CUT A NEW PATH …….

Jan 9
2018
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Happy New Year and God’s Blessings Beloveds! As we enter a brand-new year, I pray that the year brings for each of us great joy, coveted peace, the fulfillment of our dreams and safety. Still more, I have a profound sense of hope and newness and not because tradition asserts that the “New Year” is our chance for new things. Instead, because time and again, we have seen that “God...

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