Category Archives: Current Events

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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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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Tomorrow is the 4th annual #FreeThePeopleDay! On New Years Eve in 2017, the Community Justice Exchange started this initiative. This year the CJE, the New Sanctuary Coalition, and others, again call people to donate the cost of a drink to their local community bail or bond fund.

Freedom means freedom from cages, and it also means freedom to thrive. Support the holistic freedom of your neighbors and donate to a local mutual aid effort, community bail fund or immigration bond fund. Find a fund in your area.

Tricia and I are in. We will give to the Louisville Community Bail Fund project of BLM Louisville.

Thank you if you choose to participate.

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Light a candle – New Year’s Eve

I will join my friends in the New Sanctuary Coalition in lighting a candle on New Year’s Eve. Will you join us?

In 2020, too many lights were dimmed by COVID19.

Immigrant, migrant, and refugee communities have been devastated by the impact of the virus and by the family separation the U.S. immigration system has wrought.

Thousands of our Friends are still detained, and in danger, and ICE is responsible. Thousands more live in constant fear of being torn from their families and communities at any moment.

Let us come together in community and solidarity with those in limbo at the border and in detention all over the United States. Let us keep those who have been unjustly stripped of freedom in our hearts. We will not look away from injustice and inhumanity. ‪

At 11pm on New Year’s Eve, let’s light‬ up the night sky and illuminate the the freedom we will continue to fight for. Share a picture or video of your lit candle and tag us. Use the hashtags #lightacandle #dontlookaway #FreeThemAll

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26 December 2020

Walking. Germantown.
Many and Great (Dakota) – Jon Sarta
Lakota Forever – Brulé
Treaties – Frank Waln
You’re A Brave One – Joanne Shenandoah
And We Can Love – Mary Youngblood
Brave Heart – Luis Cachiguango
Standing Alone – Buddy Red Bow
Thunder Horse – Kevin Locke
Peyote Healing – Robbie Robertson, Verdell Primeaux & Johnny Mike
Reflections of Paha Sapa – Bryan Akipa

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18 December 2020

Stretching. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
Immigrant – John McCutcheon
Unité 75 – Daara J Family
The Refugee – U2
Refugee – Eric Bogle
Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente
Deportees – Sweet Honey In The Rock
Migra – Santana
The Dreamer – Jackson Browne feat. Los Cenzontles
Ave Que Emigra – Gaby Moreno
The Migrant Worker – Jim Croce
Alien (Hold On To Your Dream) – Gil Scott-Heron
Immigrant Eyes – Willie Nelson
Gourma – Etran Fintawa
Take Me to Cleveland – Robert Neustadt
Look in Their Eyes – David Crosby
A Safe Place to Land – Sara Bareilles feat. John Legend
Running (Refugee Song) – Keyon Harrold, Andrea Pizziconi & Jasson Harrold feat. Common & Gregory Porter
My Only Home – Unchained XL feat. Genesis Elijah & Femi Ashiru
Beyond the Border – Bhi Bhiman
Highwomen – The Highwomen
Why We Build the Wall – Patrick Page & Hadestown Original Broadway Company
La Jaula De Oro – Los Tigres del Norte
Cages – Redbait
Bad Hombres Y Mujeres – Antonio Sanchez
La Frontera – Lagartijeando Jallalla feat. Minük
Migration – Jonny Lipford
No Geography – The Chemical Brothers
Go Tell a Bird – Maya De Vitry
Amor Migrante – Elena & Los Fulanos
Godspeed (Dulce Suenos) – Radney Foster
The Immigrants – Gaby Moreno & Van Dyke Parks
No Human Is Illegal – The Wakes

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10 December 2020

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With help from my friends, today’s playlist contained 72 songs in honor of the anniversary.
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Give Peace A Chance – Aerosmith Feat. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars
Rise Up – Andra Day
Just One Candle (Live) – Abraham Jam
Masters Of War – Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready
Ella’s Song – Sweet Honey In the Rock
Victor Jara’s Hands – Calexico
Took The Children Away – Archie Roach
This Land – Gary Clark Jr.
Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Mothers Of The Disappeared – U2
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil
Blowin’ In The Wind – Stevie Wonder
Dead Man Walkin’ – Bruce Springsteen
Not In My Name – John McCutcheon
Ballad for Americans – Paul Robeson
This Is America – Childish Gambino
Luka – Suzanne Vega
1 2 3 – Indigo Girls
Lives In the Balance – Richie Havens
Wonder – Natalie Merchant
Is This the World We Created…? – Queen
Ring Them Bells – Natasha Bedingfield
Solidarity Forever – Pete Seeger
You Got to Run (Spirit of the Wind) – Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq
Wake Up – Rage Against the Machine
Hope – David LaMotte
The Times They Are A Changin’ – Keb’ Mo’
Jerusalem 3:56 Steve Earle
Libertad – Los Miserables
Freedom – Beyoncé (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
No Human Is Illegal – The Wakes
Which Side Are You On? – The Freedom Singers
Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) – Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger
If I Had a Hammer – Odetta
Redemption Song – Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer
Everyday People – Sly & The Family Stone
Talkin’ Bout a Revolution – Tracy Chapman
Imagine – Willie Nelson
One (Hu)’man One Vote – Johnny Clegg & Savuka
The Dreamer – Jackson Browne (feat. Los Cenzontles)
Get Up Stand Up – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Weary Mothers (People Union 1) – Joan Baez
When The Ship Comes In – Marcus Carl Franklin
Know Your Rights – The Clash
Among the Believers – Little Steven
Fight the Power – Public Enemy 20th
White Man’s World – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
The Music Of Healing – Tommy Sands (With Pete Seeger)
Crowded Table – The Highwomen
Canticle of the Turning – Princeton Seminary Choir
The Cellist of Sarajevo – A Lament in Rondo Form for Solo ‘Cello, Op. 12 – Yo-Yo Ma
Our Precious Mothers – Bear Fox
Strange Fruit – Billie Holiday
This Land Is Your Land – Sharon Jones & The Dap-King
American Remains – Highwaymen
Call It Democracy – Bruce Cockburn
We Will Not Stop – Tom Chapin (feat. The Chapin Sisters)
Woke Up This Morning – Mary D Williams Blood
Pastures of Plenty – Woody Guthrie
Dear Mr. President – P!nk (feat. Indigo Girls)
Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down – Eric Bibb
Trail Of Freedom – Bill Miller
Stimela – Hugh Masekela
Treaties – Frank Waln
Wavin’ Flag – K’naan
Hallowed Be Thy Name – Iron Maiden
No Knock – Gil Scott-Heron
Wedding March – Walter Rinaldi
How Can I Keep From Singing – Eva Cassidy

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29 November 2020

Walking. Apartment.

Crimson Parson – Keith Secola
Sand Creek Massacre Mourning (feat. Mato Nanji) – Otis Taylor
Fiume Sand Creek – Fabrizio De André I
Jerusalem – Steve Earle
Daughter of the desert – Rim Banna (feat. Bugge Wesseltoft & Checkpoint 303)
Dignity – El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe
Passport – Marcel Khalife
Song for Palestine – Nora Roman & The Border Busters
The Sun of Love – Rim Banna
Sans Adresse – Ramzi Aburedwan
Ibn el Balad (instr.) – Ensemble musical de Palestine Gaza
Down among the Bushes of Jerusalem – The Irish Rovers
O Holy Night – Aaron Neville
Huron Carol – Amanda Rheaume

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27 November 2020

Walking. Germantown.
The Art Of Survival – Bill Miller
Native North American Child – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Kiowa Hymn (Ill) – Cornel Pewewardy
No More – Fawn Wood
Victory Song (feat. Kodi DeNoyer) – Frank Waln
Remember – Indigenous
Buffalo Republic – Jack Gladstone
Fight for the Rights – Kelly Fraser
Roots And Culture – Native Root
Some How – Nizhóní Girls
Never Let Go – Nitanis “Kit” Largo
Celebrate – Pamyua
Dinetah – Paul Horn & R. Carlos Nakai
Walking The Path – Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai
Healing Song # 1 – Primeaux, Mike & Attson
Day to Day Life / Chant Wovoka – Redbone
Trail Of Life – Sharon Burch
I Walk In Two Worlds – Shelley Morningsong
Song Of Hope – Thunder Bird Sisters

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26 November 2020

Walking. Gym in the apartment.
Meadowlark Sunrise – Fire Crow
Sacred Praises – Brulé
The Prayer – SupaMan
Akua Tuta (Fais Attention) – Kashtin
You’re A Brave One – Joanne Shenandoah
For My People – Litefoot
Wash Your Spirit Clean – Walela
And We Can Love (World) – Mary Youngblood
Shimmer, Prayer For Cleaning the Water – Joy Harjo
Red Streaking Into The Water – R. Carlos Nakai
Brave Heart – Luis Cachiguango
Old One Wise One – Thunder Bird Sisters
Golden Feather – Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble
Edge of America – Annie Humphrey E
Our Precious Mothers – Bear Fox

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