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S.O.S. (Strengthening Our Spirit)

May 1
2016

Greetings Beloved Easter People, The 2016 Easter Season (i.e. the 50 days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday) is coming to a close and the question begs, “Did we answer the call”? The Easter season is after all not unlike any other season which is a time frame allotted for something to happen in our lives. In the case of the Easter Season, we are called to a changed life, a life of...

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“WHERE WILL YOU BE…?”

Apr 9
2016

Greetings Brothers and Sisters in the Struggle, Even though we are done with Easter Sunday services and all of the other social and cultural trappings of Easter, I am nonetheless unable to release the pull of the song, “Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord).” Its haunting melody and rich emotion that is deeply moving was born from enslaved African-Americans who...

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“Keep Ya’ Head Up”

Mar 2
2016

Greetings Beloved People of the Resurrection! Happily, we are approaching the arrival of another spring season which can mean different things to different people. Fundamentally, spring reminds many of the impending warm weather and the prospects for outdoor activities commonly denied during frequently blustery winter seasons. On the other hand, spring brings with it the opportunity to experience...

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Now That We’ve Found Love…

Feb 3
2016

Greetings Sisters and Brothers of the Heart! Here we are already! After what feels like just yesterday we were celebrating a brand new year, we find ourselves staring down at the dawn of the second month of the year, February. This is the month of African American Heritage; Heart Health Awareness; Super Bowl; Valentine’s Day; Presidents Day; the Grammy Awards; the LICF anniversary (Happy Fourteenth...

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Helping Our Peace Endure

Dec 8
2015

Season’s Greetings Sisters and Brothers in Faith, Here it is, December again! For many of us, we’re probably saying, “another year has flown by”. Others of us are more likely caught up in the spirit of this being “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”- i.e. Christmas. And depending on where we land, we are either reflecting back over the last year or focused on last...

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“Happy Thanksgiving”

Nov 4
2015

Blessings! Sisters and Brothers, In America, the holiday season is upon us. This season affords us an excellent opportunity to transform a lot of lives, perhaps even our own life, from one of griping and dissatisfaction to lives of joy and gratitude. But on November 26th, the day that is set aside specifically to “give thanks”, will we, whether gathering together with family and friends...

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“The Right Stuff”

Oct 8
2015

Blessings! Sisters and Brothers, “Hello October!” is a murmur emanating in the atmosphere more or less as a declaration of preparedness for the psychic, emotional and spiritual effects of marked transitions that typically accompany this month; hurricanes not excluded. Who hasn’t experienced moments of low energy or a gloomy state of mind that is anxious, resentful, or overwhelmed...

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There’s No Place Like Home

Sep 1
2015

Beloved Friends, What a wonderful thing coming home can be! After all, there are but a few things that calm a troubled heart like knowing that the end of a distressing story takes us home to those who love us and those we love. A sentiment so tenderly expressed with the words “When I think of home, I think of a place where there’s love overflowing” from the opening...

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The Audacity To Hope

Aug 4
2015

Beloveds, With regard to the present social atmosphere in America, deriving from much misunderstanding, hatred and violence in our country, I am daring to say that “HOPE” is one of those spiritual words that tend to render me mute. And certainly this is not a sentiment that anyone in leadership should admit to because as Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “A leader is a dealer...

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“Love’s In Need”

Jul 1
2015

Beloved People, “Love Wins!” was the shout heard around the world on Friday, June 26, 2015 as the decision “granting marriage equality for same-sex couples” came down from the Supreme Court of the United States. The jubilation was further enhanced with the continuation of affordable healthcare access, voting rights, and a woman’s right to choose…all...

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