Emmanuel. God with us. If God is with us, any photo would work to express Emmanuel. I chose several that show working for justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God by visiting elected representatives, advocating, making a public witness, and amplifying other voices.
Photo 1 – New York delegation at Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2019, Washington, DC.
Photo 2 – Advocacy postcards for immigration justice, Whitestone, NY – 2018
Walking. Apartment. Go Tell It on the Mountain – The Blind Boys of Alabama Angels We Have Heard on High – Aretha Franklin O Little Town of Bethlehem – Dolly Parson Feliz Navidad – Agua Clara We Are Christmas – Spellman Glee Club O Come All Ye Faithful – The Chieftains Silent Night – Darlene Silversmith I Feel the Christmas Spirit – The Indigo Girls Angels from the Realms of Glory – Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet Once in Royal David’s City – Eric Rigler In the Winter’s Pale – Tim Story Do You Hear What I Hear – Eileen Ivers Some Quiet Night – david m. bailey Home This Christmas – Tom Jackson O Come, O Come, Emmanuel/People Look East Melissa DuPuy, Russell Davis & Deanie Richardson
Great conversation about how to restore people with the Rev. Dr. Don Shriver, president emeritus at Union Theological Seminary, and the Rev. Stanley Chimeysa, prison chaplain from the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian in Malawi.
They are leading thinkers and practitioners of restorative justice.
Their thinking and acting is moving toward transformative justice.
Photo: February 11, 2019; Manhattan, New York; not sure who took the photo. Obviously not me. There were several other people present.
Walking. Apartment. O Little Town of Bethlehem – Dolly Parton Silent Night, Holy Night – The Piano Guys What Child Is This – Michael Hedges King Jesus Hath a Garden – Clare College Singers & Orchestra Green Sleeves – Joanne Shenandoah The Hard Road – Jonathan Maracle I Saw Three Ships – Celtic Harp Soundscapes Snowflake – Little Windows The Gift – Tom Jackson Christmas Must Be Tonight – The Band O Cone Emmanuel – Rosemary Beland I Believe in Father Christmas – Emerson, Lake & Palmer Mary Had a Baby – Bruce Cockburn Away in the Manger – Darlene Silversmith This Clearness of Light – William Ackerman With Mary Let My Soul Rejoice – Princeton Seminary Choir Journey of the Angels – Enya
With thanks to my friend Jimmie Hawkins for the profound reminder that obedience to higher principles, values, and visions often requires disobedience to unjust and immoral laws, rules and regulations. Order Unbroken and Unbowed.
Walking. Germantown. Go Tell It on the Mountain – Dolly Parton Carol of the Bells – Black Violin Christmas in the Trenches – John McCutcheon Deck the Halls – Moya Brennan All through the Night – Joanne Shenandoah The Rebel Jesus – The Chieftains Wonderful Counselor – Little Windows In the Bleak Midwinter – James Taylor God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Rosemary Beland Early on One Christmas Morning – Bruce Cockburn Silent Night – Ray Lynch The Hounds of Winter – Sting Hallelujah – Quincy Jones, Mervyn Waren, Michael O. Jackson, Various Artists Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence – Bill Carter And The Presbybop Quartet
Walking. Germantown. I Pray on Christmas – Blind Boys of Alabama Coventry Carol – Philadelphia Brass Ensemble Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence – Little Windows Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming – Sting Doluce Nuit – Kali Angels We Have Heard on High – Aretha Franklin Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Charles T. Cozens A King Is Born – Jarrod Spector The Holly and the Ivy – Cumberland Gap Reunion God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen – David Briggs, Organ/Stephen Cleobury/Choir of King’s College, Cambridge Away in a Manger – The Rhos Orpheus Male Choir Joy to the World – Dolly Parton A Christmas Tree – Joanne Shenandoah Peace Child – Indigo GIrls Mary’s Boy Child – Tom Jackson Sacred Gift – Bill Miller