Monthly Archives: December 2021

31 December 2021

Walking. North East, Maryland.
The World Is Old Tonight – Little Windows
Auld Lang Syne – Jersey Boys Ensemble
Auld Lang Syne – Eric Rigler
Auld Lang Syne – Shawn Lyons
Canticle of the Turning – Rory Cooney, Gary Daigle & Theresa Donohoo
New Year’s Resolution – Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
Kingdom Coming – Matt Glaser, Evan Stover, Jay Ungar, Art Baron & Molly Mason
Freedom – Pharrell Williams
Freedom – Richie Havens
Freedom Highway – Rhiannon Giddens
Freedom Now – Sweet Honey in the Rock
Freedom Road – The Blind Boys Of Alabama
Freedom Train – Toots & The Maytals
Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around – The Freedom Singers
Long Walk to Freedom – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
No Easy Walk to Freedom – Peter, Paul & Mary
Oh Freedom – The Princely Players
Woke up This Morning with My Mind Stayed on Freedom – Congregation of Brown Chapel
Te Recuerdo – John McCutcheon
All Through the Night – Nancy Wilson
Auld Lang Syne – Joanne Shenandoah
The Parting Glass – The Wailin’ Jennys

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30 December 2021

Walking. North East, Maryland.
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus – Little Windows
Joy to the World – David Archuleta
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Andre Previn
Angels We Have Heard on High – Bill Carter and The Presbybop Quartet
Jesus Ahatonnia – Bruce Cockburn
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Ellis Marsalis
Little Drummer Boy – The Blind Boys of Alabama, feat. Michael Franti
Silent Night – Peabo Bryson
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Aretha Franklin
Joy to the World – Black Violin
Carol of the Drum/Peace on Earth – Christine Anu, feat. Jay Laga’aia
Go Tell It on the Mountain – Dolly Parton
Mary’s Boy Child – Harry Belafonte
To Us a Child Is Born – Naruwan Indigenous Choir of Taiwan
Once in Royal David’s City – David Briggs, Orgnn/Stephen Cleobury/Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

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29 December 2021

Walking. North East, Maryland. Christmas.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Tom Jackson
Light of the Stable – Darlene Silversmith
Silent Night – Robert Mirabal
Angelic Glory – Red Nativity
Huron Carol – Jonathan Maracle
Poli’ahu – Kamakele “Bulla” Ka’iliwai
Joy to the World – Bill Miller
I wonder as I Wander – Joanne Shenandoah

Walking. North East, Maryland. Wounded Knee.
Wounded Knee – Micki Free
Ghost Dance – Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Wounded Knee – Walela
Dreams of Wounded Knee – Bill Miller
We Were All Wounded at Wounded Knee – Redbone

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28 December 2021

Walking. North East, Maryland. Havre de Grace, Maryland.
Away in a Manger – Trace Bundy
O Little Town of Bethlehem – Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet
O Come, All Ye Faithful – David Briggs, Organ/Stephen Cleobury/Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
I Pray on Christmas – The Blind Boys of Alabama, feat. Solomon Burke
First Noel – Leslie Odom, Jr.
A Midnight Clear – Red Nativity
Hanau ‘Ia ‘O Jesu/Jesus Was Born – Kaiolohia Funes Smith
O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Pentatonix
Feliz Navidad – Los Lobos
O Little Town of Bethlehem – Oscar Peterson
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Angels We Have Heard On High – Nightnoise
Wassail Song – Clare College Singers & Orchestra
White Is in the Winter Night – Enya
To Shorten Winter’s Sadness – Quadriga Consort

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27 December 2021

Walking. North East, Maryland.
Joy to the World – Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
The Infant King – David Briggs, Organ/Stephen Cleobury/Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Po La’i E/Sileant Night – C. Pueo Pata, Leimana Abenes
First Noel – Leslie Odom, Jr.
Lift up Your Heads, O Ye Gates – Comissioned & The The Clark Sisters
Good King Wenceslas – Katie McMahon
And the Glory of the Lord – Dianne Reeves
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen – Jersey Boys
Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy – Anthony Rapp & Everett Bradley
Island Christmas – Christine Anu, feat. Kuiam Anu & Zipporah Anu
We Will Rest: Joseph Maracle
Christmas Waltz – Oscar Peterson
Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night – Tom Jackson
In Dulci Jubilo – James Galway; John Georgiadis: Munich Radio Orchestra, Regensburg Cathedral Choir
Joy to the World – Dolly Parton
O Little Town of Bethlehem – Julie Andrews

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26 December 2021 – Dakota 38+2

Walking. North East, Maryland.
Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride
Treaties – Frank Waln
Intertribal Song – Dakota Nation & Red Bull United Tribes International
Standing Alone – Buddy Red Bow
Reflections of Paha Sapa – Bryan Akipa
The Moon Is Shining – Indigenous
Round Dance – Dakota Nation & Mandaree Singers United Tribes International
Peyote Healing – Robbie Robertson, Verdell Primeaux & Johnny Mike
Thunder Horse – Kevin Locke
Lakota Forever – Brule
Many and Great – Jon Sarta

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26 December 2021

Walking. North East, Maryland.
I Saw the Star of Bethlehem – Bill Miller
Christ Was Born in Bethlehem – Darlene Silversmith
Silent Night – Jack Gladstone
Creator’s Prayer – Red Nativity
Angels We Have Heard on High – Robert Mirabel
Away in a Manger – Joanne Shenandoah
Huron Carol – Jonathan Maracle
St. Stephen’s Day Murders – The Chieftains
Good King Wenceslas – The Roches
Nkosi Sikelel ‘Africa – Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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A Spot of Tea or the Cup of Christ

Perhaps I should have felt disappointed.  Our tea with Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu was canceled.  I had looked forward to this visit.  We were to meet him and to share tea with him at his home on Bishop’s Court.  However, his schedule became very hectic during the days when we were in Cape Town.  Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the Archbishop had to change his hectic schedule.  I complain about how full my calendar gets – imagine what his looks like!  At any rate, the tea with our group from Cleveland was dropped from Archbishop Tutu’s schedule because he had to go to Johannesburg during that time.

This photo, by Benny Gool, is in the public domain, according to the Archbishop’s personal assistant.

On Thursday, November 2, we rose early.  We arrived at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town for the 8:00 am All Soul’s Day mass.  Archbishop Tutu was the celebrant.  Brightness and life beamed from him as he prayed his way through the mass.  When the time came to pass the peace, he came among us and wished the peace of Christ upon us.  The service continued.  The moment of the Eucharist arrived. We made our way forward. From the hands of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, we received the host.  From his eyes, loved shone on each person. From his face, welcome emanated, surrounding us each and all and embracing the world.  

As the service ended, Archbishop Tutu asked that we be introduced to the congregation of about thirty or so.  He greeted us warmly.  We presented him with a “Rainbow Children” stole.  In joy he put it on.  We could sense his excitement although he did manage to refrain from dancing!  It took an effort.  Then he asked if we were really from the United States – because no one was ready to take pictures.  The cameras came out and, with gracious exuberance, Archbishop Tutu posed with the group and with each of us individually.  Then he was gone.

Perhaps I should feel disappointed.  But I do not.  If you had a choice between sharing with Archbishop Desmond Tutu either a spot of tea or the cup of Christ – how would you choose?

For the life and faith and love of witness of Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, thanks be to God.

Cape Town, South Africa
2 November 1995
revised
North East, Maryland
26 December 2021

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25 December 2021

Walking. North East, Maryland
Hanau ‘Ia ‘O Jesu/Jesus Was Born – Kaiolohia Funes Smith
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Mahalia Jackson
And the Glory of the Lord – Dianne Reeves
I Saw Three Ships – Walk off the Earth
Canticle of the Turning – Rory Cooney, Gary Daigle & Theresa Donohoo
Go Tell It on the Mountain – The Blind Boys of Alabama, feat. Tom Waits
Cry of a Tiny Babe – Bruce Cockburn
Christmas in the Trenches – John McCutcheon
Christmas Must be Tonight – The Band
The Bushes of Jerusalem – Tommy Sands
The Rebel Jesus – The Chieftains and Jackson Browne
Away in a Manger – Jonathan Maracle
Christmas Morning – Bill Miller
Happy Christmas – John Lennon
We Are Christmas – Spellman Glee Club

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They ride

In the early morning they rise.
People and horses they ride.
They pray and eat.
Riders mount horses
and into the pale light, in prayer
together hey begin to ride.

Through the mist,
they ride.
Through the fog,
they ride.
Through the cold,
they ride.
Through the rain,
they ride.
Through the snow,
they ride.
Through the ice,
they ride.

To remember,
they ride.
To tell the story,
they ride.
To bear witness,
they ride.
To grieve,
they ride.
To heal,
they ride.
To hope,
they ride.

For the 38+2,
they ride.
For justice,
they ride.
For the people,
they ride.
For themselves,
they ride.
For the future,
they ride.
For us all,
they ride.

To Mankato,
traveling  through the past,
inspiring the present,
shaping the future,
they ride.

25 December 2021
North East, Maryland

Learn more about the Dakota 38+2 and the 2021 Memorial Ride.
View Dakota 38, a documentary about the ride for reconciliation and hope.
A Memorial Run from Fort Snelling to Mankato also takes place on December 25-26

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