Trust they know

My head hurts
my heart hangs heavy
my gut aches
for dear friends
whose
heads hurt and
hearts hang heavy and
guts ache
as they live through
challenging, painful,
stressful, disturbing,
unjust, oppressive
situations where
I can do nothing
but hold them close
in my aching gut
my heavy hurt
my heavy heart
and trust they know
how deeply I care.

8 October 2014
Louisville, KY

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World Teachers’ Day

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On World Teachers’ Day, I give thanks for the many teachers who have touched my life.  I give thanks for my many friends who teach. I give thanks for the teachers in my family.

For whom do you give thanks?

A quality education offers hope and the promise of a better standard of living. However, there can be no quality education without competent and motivated teachers. On World Teachers’ Day, the UN highlights the importance of supportive environments, quality training and rights for teachers, and celebrates the crucial role teachers play in shaping our future. Events are held around the world to highlight the importance of education and to offer advice and encouragement for students who wish to begin a teaching career. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization proclaimed this Day in 1994.

See you along the Trail.

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Product placement: Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Check out the product placement in this photo of the Rev. Dr. Jesse Jackson from the October 2014 issue of Ebony magazine. Professor Starks is carry Colonialism, Han, and the Transformative Spirit by my friend the Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim.

Jesse Jackson, Grace's bookSee you along the Trail.

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Self care 1

The details are on my other blog, but today marked a break through in my self-care efforts. For the first time ever, I did more running that walking on the treadmill.

Over the past few days, I have been humbly and powerfully reminded of the importance of a community in this effort.

It will take a village to help me lose this boatload of weight and improve my conditioning.

For those in the village – thank you!

See you along the Trail.

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International Day of Non-Violence

Posting a bit late, from the United Nations:

The principle of non-violence—also known as non-violent resistance—rejects the use of physical violence in order to achieve social or political change. This form of social struggle has been adopted all over the world in campaigns for social justice. The International Day of Non-Violence, celebrated on the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, reaffirms the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence. Every year events take place to encourage States to work together to build a world of tolerance and lasting peace. The UN General Assembly proclaimed this Day in its 2007 resolution A/RES/61/271.

May we make every day a day of nonviolence.

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The Things that Make for Peace

W. Mark Koenig:

Larissa Kwong Abazia, Vice-Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) visited the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, where I work, for a celebration of the International Day of Peace. Check out what she had to say about her experience.

Originally posted on Stumbling on Grace:

My congregation and I have been spending the time between September 7- October 5, 2014 observing the Season for Peace.  It seemed appropriate after a summer watching headlines from Gaza, Syria, Ferguson, and countless other challenges both near and far.  But when we speak of peace, so often our minds immediately go to images of violence and war.  People should be able to live in places where the sounds of gun fire aren’t commonplace and daily life isn’t filled with decisions about how to stay alive just to get groceries or go to school.  If we value human life, then we must value such a life for all people.  There’s no question about that.  But last week when I attended the International Day of Peace at the Church Center for the United Nations, I was reminded of the interconnected web that creates peace.

Church Center for the United Nations marking the International Day of Peace The chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations as we sang and…

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Purple pandas, Louisville Zoo

Purple Panda

Not flowers,
not real,
but purple, and cute,
just the same.

14 September 2014
Louisville, KY

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