Category Archives: Current Events

Nicholas Kristoff on the death penalty

Nicholas Kristoff has published an opinion piece in the New York Times on the death penalty: When We Kill.

He looks and reasons in favor of the death penalty and counters them, often relying on studies and specific cases. Read the whole article, but here is Kristoff’s summation:

There is no evidence that the death penalty deters. It costs hundreds of thousands of additional dollars per prisoner. It is steeped in caprice, arbitrariness and racial bias. It is fallible — and when it fails, it undermines the legitimacy of our judicial system.

Kristoff also notes that:

One peer-reviewed study suggested that at least 4.1 percent of those sentenced to death in the United States are innocent. With more than 2,700 Americans on death row, that would imply that more than 110 innocent people are awaiting execution.

Wouldn’t killing one innocent person be one too many?

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Why I like New York 42: Pride month

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Work remains to do,
work always remains,
but New York celebrates Pride well –
even the MTA.
14 June 2019

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1 June 2019

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
El Lado Mas Bestia de la Vida – Albert Pla
Proud – Heather Small
A Girl Called Johnny – The Waterboys
Chasing  Rainbows – Black Cracker
Keep On – Kehlani
Mirror Me – Shawnee
Thorn in Your Side – Namoli Brennet
Elton’s Song – Elton  John
I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
Brave – Sara Bareilles
The Queen – Iceis Rain
Tomodachinouta – Nakamura Ataru
Everybody’s Talkin’ – Harry Nilsson
You’ve Made Me So Very Happy – Brenda Holloway

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The first time

59788482_10156994797076063_8186161344953712640_nOn June 29, 1980, the Presbytery of Shenango ordained me. In the approximately 38 years, 10 months, and 10 days since, I have never worn a clerical collar. Until today.

I wore a collar as I participated in the New Sanctuary Coalition‘s Life Bond Fund program. I went to the Department of Homeland Security’s office to post bond for an immigrant in detention. It was an honor.

I also recognize the privilege (white and male) that I carry and that has allowed (and continues to allow) me to appear in hospitals, nursing homes, jails, prisons, halls of power, street demonstrations, church gatherings, and other places, wearing pretty much what I choose, and say that I am a minister and be recognized as such. I am working for a world in which everyone receives the same treatment and welcome I do.

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#DMZpeacechain 3

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April 28, 2019
The First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone makes a #DMZpeacechain witness for peace on a reunified Korean Peninsula in New York City.
Photo by Lisa Sisenwein.

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#DMZpeacechain 2

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April 27, 2019
The #DMZpeacechain event for peace on a reunified Korean Peninsula in New York City.
With the Rev. Won Tae Cho,
pastor of Woori Presbyterian Church and organizer of the witness.

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#DMZpeacechain 1

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April 27, 2019
The #DMZpeacechain event for peace on a reunified Korean Peninsula in New York City.
Photo by Peng Leong.

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