Monthly Archives: January 2021

15 January 2021

Stretching. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
Walking. Germantown.
Happy Birthday – Stevie Wonder
Like a King – Ben Harper
By the Time I Get to Arizona – Public Enemy
Wade In the Water – Fannie Lou Hamer
Take My Hand, Precious Lord – Mahalia Jackson
Proud to Be Black – Run-DMC
One – India.Arie
Pride (In The Name Of Love) – U2
One Vision – Queen
Why? (The King of Love Is Dead) – Nina Simone
Wake Up – Rage Against the Machine
Take it from Dr. King 4:32 Pete Seeger
Letter to the King – The Game (feat. Nas)
Letter To Dr. Martin Luther King – Sweet Honey In The Rock
Heaven Will Welcome You Dr. King – Big Maybelle
Glory – Common & John Legend

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14 January 2021

Stretching. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
Prayer – Come From Away
Crowley’s/Jackson’s – Eileen Ivers
Don’t Mess With Bill – The Marvelettes
O’Sullivan’s March – The Chieftains
Everybody Knows – The Chicks
Higher Ground – The Blind Boys Of Alabama
It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City – Bruce Springsteen
Good Morning Aztlan – Los Lobos
It Makes No Difference – The Band
What I Can Do For You – Sheryl Crow
Thing Called Love – Bonnie Raitt
Good Morning Heartache – Billie Holiday
Into The Great Wide Open – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Back In the U.S.A. – Chuck Berry
Far Away – Sleater-Kinney

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13 January 2021

Walking. Inside apartment.
Wounded – Jessi Lee
Banner – Run River North
Drawing the Line – Royal Pirates
Butterfly – Jessica & KRYSTAL
Roses – Annalé Roses
Honestly – Eric Nam
Gotta Work – Amerie
Dream (Live) – Priscilla Ahn
Good Bye Sadness, Hello Happiness – Yoonmirae
Human Nature – Tiger
Persona – Luna
Every Last Drop – Dumbfoundead
Goodbye – Sam Ock
Come Over – MRSHLL (feat. pH-1)
It’s Me – Kahi (feat. Dumbfoundead)

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Pray for Delia Leal

The Rev. Delia Leal is the regional coordinator for the Women’s Ministry program in Mexico and Central America with the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America (CEDEPCA). Delia has exercised the role of educator, has provided pastoral accompaniment, and has promoted women’s rights, primarily in Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Through her work, she has shown a genuine interest in the entire well-being of girls, teenage girls, young and adult women in Guatemala.

Her colleagues report that Delia is detained by the police in a private hospital in Coban. Prayers are requested for her release and vindication. Thanks are extended to all who have written. Her colleagues also report that Delia is encouraged by all the support she is receiving from people around the world. Please add your prayers.

Thanks to Karla Ann Koll for sharing this story of Delia’s visit to the United States in the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s International Peacemaker Program in 2017.

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Faith Leaders Sign-On Letter Opposing Federal Executions

I signed on to a letter opposing federal executions. I invite my clergy friends to join me. Here is the information:

In Collaboration with Clergy Emergency League, Red Letter Christians, Vote Common Good, L’Chaim: Jews Against the Death Penalty, and others…

As ministers to many of our greatest societal problems, we advocate for systemic solutions to violent crime that address our communities’ needs for justice, equity, and love, not vengeance. In this moment, the first step we are taking is to raise awareness among citizens and members of our congregations about the new crass and harsh ways the death penalty is being implemented. Thus, we call for an immediate halt to the executions that have been scheduled by our federal government.

It has been 131 years since the last time there was a federal execution under a lame duck president. But already, there have been post-election executions on November 19, December 10 and December 11, 2020, and now three more are scheduled for January 12, 14 and 15, 2021. The final execution is set on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Details of these cases raise questions of innocence/culpability, issues around serious mental illness, intellectual capacity, fairness, racial bias, and other horrific issues that plague our modern death penalty.

Between July 14 and December 11, 2020, the federal government has overseen 10 executions. The alarming speed with which these executions have been scheduled and carried out should deeply trouble all Americans.

Join me in signing the letter opposing federal executions.

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You made it

Since March, I have been sending messages to a number of my friends who are working from home and whose children are home. Here is what I wrote today. I offer it for anyone else who might find it helpful.

You made it.
2021 has begun.
The past year had more than its share of challenges.
You probably experienced
frustration and anxieties and disappointments
beyond counting.
But you are strong.
You are beloved by God.
You made it.
Of course, with whatever else 2021 brings,
there will be challenges,
frustration and anxieties and disappointments
beyond counting.
But you are strong.
You are beloved by God.
You will make it. 

Germantown, Kentucky
2 January 2021

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2 January 2021

Stretching. Gym in the Apartment.
(Let’s Bring) Christmastime 2 Creation – Warren Cooper
Christmas Lullaby – Doc Watson
Joy To The World – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus
Silent Night – Sarah McLachlan
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Holiday Traditions
The Bushes Of Jerusalem – Tommy Sands
Christmas In The Trenches – John McCutcheon
Serenity’s Child – Red Nativity
The Rebel Jesus – The Chieftains
The Holly And The Ivy – Folks Like Us
Far, Far Away On Judea’s Plains – Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Vom Himmel Hoch, Da Komm ‘Ich Her – The Buskaid Soweto String Project
O Come All Ye Faithful – Amy Grant
Christmas Must Be Tonight – The Band Islands
Cedar, Sweet Grass, And Sage – Bill Miller
The Holly And The Ivy – The Boys Of County Bucks
O Little Town Of Bethlehem – Celtic Woman
A stable in Bethlehem – Choir Of St. George’s Chapel Windsor

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1 January 2021

Stretching. Gym in the Apartment. Walking. Germantown.
The New Year – Death Cab for Cutie
The First Day Of The Year – Katie McMahon
Turn Over A New Leaf – John Lee Hooker
What’s New – Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson
The New Life – The Waterboys
New Beginning – Tracy Chapman
New Life – Brianna Lea Pruett
A Brand New Me – Aretha Franklin
New Year’s Day – U2
A New Door – Lenny Kravitz
New Generation – Nemaska Community N’we
A Brand New Day – The Wiz: Original Soundtrack-
New Year’s Resolution – Otis Redding & Carla Thomas-
New Time & Age – Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
How Can I Keep From Singing – Little Windows-

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