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Commentary: Tell the Story, Write It Down, and Make It Plain

Highlighting the resilience and perseverance of Africans from 1619 to this present day, 2019 marks the 400th Commemoration of the arrival of Africans into North America. Across the country many African American communities, churches, and organizations are planning celebrations to mark this significant and historic event. The importance of the commemoration …

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Commentary: Vibrant and Wonderfully Alive

June is Open and Affirming month in many of our churches and Pride month in many of our communities. (Both are recognized at other times in some places.) For those of us who are transgender, non-binary, two-spirit, intersex, asexual, bisexual, lesbian, gay, or queer, it is a chance to stand …

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Commentary: The Rise of Ghettos and Concentration Camps

I traveled to the US/Mexico Border as another migrant caravan arrived this winter. I worked to identify particularly vulnerable persons such as unaccompanied minors, those with imminent threats on their life, those with life-threatening health concerns, and LGBTQ persons. Measuring the vulnerability and suffering of people who had walked thousands …

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Commentary: The Year of the Return

Chiseled on the wall nearing the exit of Elmina Slave Castle in Ghana are these words: In Everlasting Memory Of the anguish of our ancestors. May those who died rest in peace. May those who return find their roots. May humanity never again perpetrate Such injustice against humanity. We, the …

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Commentary: Are You Really Pro-Life?

In “Keep Your Head Up,” the late Tupac Shakur sang:“And since a man can’t make oneHe has no right to tell a woman when and where to create oneSo will the real men get upI know you’re fed up ladies, but keep your head up.” Earlier this month, Alabama signed …

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Commentary: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

In the 1986 cheesy horror flick, The Fly, Geena Davis’ character whispers this warning about a scientist turning into a large fly. The movie may have been comical, but there is certainly a lot to be afraid of in this world. And we are often afraid. Very afraid. The political …

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Commentary: 2 B R 0 2 B?

“To be or not to be?” These famous words by William Shakespeare pose an essential question of existence, a question that we face corporately and individually. Three hundred fifty years after Shakespeare, Kurt Vonnegut wrote the dystopian short story 2 B R 0 2 B, in which society has mandated …

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Commentary: Fair Trade and Economic Justice

Fair Trade and Economic Justice May 11 is World Fair Trade Day, and in many countries around the world, May 1 is celebrated as Labor Day. In this era of globalization and interconnectedness, the things we buy are directly related to labor rights and economic justice issues around the world. …

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