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A prayer and an affirmation

Friends –

I had another prayer prepared for today. It was loaded in my email and ready to send.

Last night, after the Session meeting, I learned about three Asian American friends who had recently experienced acts of hate. No one was hurt, thank God. But that is not always the case. There are at least reported hate incidents in New York City in which people have been injured. Again, thank God, the injuries have not been serious. But – all such behavior is inconsistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the reality that all people are made and loved by God.

Clearly this situation worked on me overnight. This morning the following came out.

A prayer
God for all the world,
we give thanks for your work of creation.
You make all that is and call it good.
You make the human creature
in a wondrous array of diversity:
all in your image,
all beloved by you.
Pour your Holy Spirit upon us and upon all people
that we might:
give thanks for the diversity you create,
honor all people,
welcome the diversity you create as a gift
that enriches and blesses us all.
Lead our community, our city, our nation, and all nations and peoples
to reject hate
and to embrace love.
We pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

Affirmation for the time of Covid-19
3/19/2020

As well as I am able
(and when I know better, I will do better)
I reject racism and white supremacy and will work to disrupt it;
I reject “othering,” scapegoating, belittling, demeaning of any person or any group of people;
I reject violence directed against a person or group of people because of their perceived race, ethnicity, nationality, or any other factor.

As well as I am able
(and when I know better, I will do better)
I affirm the worth and dignity of every person; I give thanks for the Asian Americans, Asians, and Pacific Islanders who I know, and who I have never met—I am grateful that I can share this community, this country with you;
I give thanks for the Asian Americans, Asians, and Pacific Islanders who have entrusted me with your friendship and trusted me to be your pastor—I am honored, I hold you in my heart, I see you in my mind’s eye, I am grateful for you.

As well as I am able
(and when I know better, I will do better)
I confess that I have often fallen short of my own affirmations, my own aspirations;
I commit to picking myself up when I fall short and continuing to work for a community, a country, and a world where everyone is welcome and justice and equity reign.

*****

Note: this is an affirmation for this moment. Other moments would elicit other affirmations.

Note two: my blog, my rules. Any comments I deem objectionable will be deleted. No questions. No debate.

 

 

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7 February 2020

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
Go Down, Moses – Paul Robeson
I Can’t Breathe – Garner Family
Brown Skin – India. Arie
One Mic – Nas
Eyes on the Prize – Mavis Staples
Americans – Janell Monae
i – Kendrick Lamar
Formation – Beyonce
Wake up Evertbody – Keb’ Mo’
Penitentiary Philosophy – Erykah Badu
Brotha – Angie Stone
No Knock – Gil Scott-Heron
I’m Gonna Land on the Shore – Fannie Lou Hamer
Sandra’s Smile – Blood Orange
Say My Name – Maimouna Youssef

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5 February 2020

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
Don’t Believe the Hype – Public Enemy
Renegades of Funk – Afrika Bambaata & The Soul Sonic Force
Colors – Ice-T
Talkin’ Bout a Revolution – Tracy Chapman
Control – Janet Jackson
Proud to be Black – Run-DMC
Lavi Difisil – Our Native Daughters
He Loves Me – Brittany Howard
I’m on My Way to Freedom Land – Sweet Honey in the Rck
Stand Your Ground – Pharoahe Monch
Super Life – Chaka Khan
Rest in Power – Black THought

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4 February 2020

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
Sister Rosa – The Neville Brothers
Rosa Sat – MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir
Rosa Parks – Outkast
I Should Be Proud – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Ball of Confusion – The Temptations
Black Man – Stevie Wonder
Machine Gun – Jimi Hendrix
Black Is – The Last Poets
Give More Power to the People – The Chi-Lites
Be Real Black for Me – Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
Black Maybe – Syreeta
I Stand Accused – Isaac Hayes
Precious Lord – The Blind Boys of Alabama

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Definitions 1

Despair: a luxury I cannot afford

Resolve: a stance I must enhance

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1 February 2020

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
Let America Be America Again (by Langston Hughes) – James Earl Jones
At the Purchaser’s Option – Rhiannon Giddens
Wade in the Water – The Fisk Jubilee Singers
Juneteenth – Cast of Black-ish
Have a Talk with God – Stevie Wonder
New World Symphony – Earth, Wind & Fire
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning – Fannie Lou Hamer
Forward – Beyonce
Great Day – Kim & Reggie Harris
Moving On – Sweet Honey in the Rock
This Little Light of Mine – “I’m Gonna Let It Shine” Choir
He’s God the Whole World in His Hands – Odetta
I’m Just a Slave – The Roots
Every Time I Feel the Spirit – The Florida A&M Choir
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Don’t Want to Get Away – Carter Anderson
Handsome Johnny – Richie Havens
Better Git Yer Learnin’ – Our Native Daughters
For What It’s Worth – Keb’ Mo’
Heaven Will Welcome You Dr. King – Big Maybelle

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27 January 2020

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Treadmill walking.
Stretching.
Blink.
The Peat-Bog Soldiers – Paul Robeson
Liberation VII. Free at Last – Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Duo for Violin & Viola in the Quarter-Tone System: I. Andante – Teng Li & Benjamin Bowman
Duo for Violin & Viola in the Quarter-Tone System: II. Tempo di marcia – Teng Li & Benjamin Bowman
Duo for Violin & Viola in the Quarter-Tone System: III. Maestoso – Teng Li & Benjamin Bowman
Duo for Violin & Viola in the Quarter-Tone System: IV. Allegro – Teng Li & Benjamin Bowman
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 13 in B Flat Minor – Op. 113, “Babi Yar”: II. Yumor – Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Music Written in Terezin by Gideon Klein
Piano Sonata: I. Allegro con fuoco – Jaromir Klepac
Piano Sonata: II. Adagio – Jaromir Klepac
Piano Sonata: III. Allegro vivace – Jaromir Klepac
Trio:  I. Allegro – Czech String Trio
Trio: II. Lento – Variation on Moravian folk song themes – Czech String Trio
Trio: III. Molto vivace – Czech String Trio
Dance – by Hans Krasa – Czech Folk String Trio
Four Songs on Chinese Poetry by Pavel Haas – Karl Prusa & Jiri Pokorny
A Survivor from Warsaw – Simon Joly Chorale, David Wilson-Johnson, Robert Craft & Philharmonia Orchestra

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