Category Archives: Current Events

11 September 2021

Walking. Germantown.
Mychal – Black 47
One Morning In Bar Harbour – Eric Bogle
Believe – Yellowcard
Rules – Wu-Tang Clan
Hole In the Sky – Juliana Hatfield
Our Town – Linda Bonadies
I Can’t See New York – Tori Amos
Heroes – David Bowie
Out of Our Heads – Sheryl Crow
If This Is Goodbye – Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
The Bravest – Tom Paxton
I Heard an Owl – Carrie Newcomer
Akai Inochi (Featuring Erykah Badu) – MISIA
Tuesday – Five for Fighting
The Proud – Talib Kweli
On That Day – Leonard Cohen
Let’s Role – Neil Young
Empty Sky – Bruce Springsteen
Venceremos – Ventiscka
Compañero Presidente – Angel Parra
Manifiesto – Victor Jara
Prayer – Come from Away

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A prayer, September 11, 2021

Gracious God,
twenty years on
we remember.

We remember
your precious children killed in
New York
Washington, DC,
Shanksville.

We remember
your precious children killed in
Afghanistan
Iraq
and around the world.

We remember
death
wounded bodies
wounded spirits
wounded souls.

We remember
acts of terror
acts of valor
acts of violence
acts of peace.

We remember
fear
anger
hate
prejudice.

We remember
kindness
courage
grace
generosity.

We remember
people coming together to
reach out
weep
sing
embrace
care.

We remember
songs ended
songs gone
songs created
songs begun
songs lived
songs shared.

Remembering,
may we take bold, faith-filled, hopeful steps
to unlearn the ways of war and
turn to ways that might make peace between people;
to overcome fear of one another
and recognize the dignity and value of every person;
to seek understanding of suffering
and nurture the empathy needed to work to alleviate it; and
to walk the paths of love
that leads to peace and justice.

Remembering Jesus,
in response to your Holy Spirit,
we pray. Amen.

with thanks to Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Chris Shelton, leaders of the United Church of Christ and Come from Away

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Demand Justice for Kaysera Stops Pretty Places


Two years ago, 18-year-old Kaysera Stops Pretty Places (Crow) was murdered in Big Horn County, Montana. Since her murder, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office, and the Montana Department of Justice have done nothing to undertake a criminal investigation. We will not stand for this – law enforcement must be held accountable. Kaysera’s family, in collaboration with National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Sovereign Bodies Institute, Rising Hearts, Elite Feats, and Bethany Yellowtail, are advocating for justice in Kaysera’s name. Help demand #JusticeforKaysera by learning more and take action through the Kaysera website. Join NIWRC’s Twitter Storm on 9/9 and the Justice for Kaysera 5K/10K Virtual Walk/Run

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29 August 2021

Walking. Germantown.
Stretching. Gym in the apartment.
Walking to New Orleans – Fats Domino
Shelter in the Rain – Irma Thomas
Cry for New Orleans – Various Artists
All Hands Together – Mika Nakashima
All These People – Harry Connick, Jr.
The River in Reverse – Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint
Where Were You? – Jackson Browne
Hell No, We Aint Alright – Public Enemy
City that Care Forgot – Dr. John
Wading Through – Terence Blanchard
Shelter in the Rain – Stevie Wonder
In New Orleans – Lead Belly
Going Back to New Orleans – Deacon John
I Hope – The Chicks
Ponchartrain – Vienna Teng
The Saints Are Coming – U2 & Green Day
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? – Louis Armstrong

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PC(USA) Week of Action – August 26

August 26 is the day that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Week of Action focuses on No More Stolen Relatives: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People. A short video describes the crisis and invites you to participate in the day.

Here are actions you may take tomorrow.

Wear red. Take a selfie. Post it with the hashtags – #PCUSAWeekofAction #WeekofAction2021.

Follow the day’s events. Find links to more resources in the section on No More Stolen Relatives.

Tell your Senators to support the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act.

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PC(USA) Week of Action – August 25

On Wednesday, Aug. 25, the PC(USA) Week of Action will turn its attention to the LGBTQIA+ community with events including a children’s story time and a poetry and story slam. The Week of Action is designed to bring attention and action to people and communities living under different forms of oppression.

Check out the schedule and watch the events at the Week of Action home page.

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PC(USA) Week of Action

From August 23-29, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will observe a Week of Action. The theme this year is “Shades of Oppression, Resistance and Liberation.” Each day will focus on a crisis or issue facing the people of the world. The week is evocative—it cannot cover every issue. The week also points to the breadth of resistance and liberation work being done by Presbyterians and our partners. Events will be both virtual and potentially in person.

All events will be livestreamed on the Week of Action web page where you can find the schedule with the times of the events (Eastern Daylight time). You are encouraged to watch the events live if possible. Livestreamed events will be presented in English, Korea, and Spanish. Events will be posted at a later date. There will be posts on PC(USA) social media – Facebook and Twitter.

Here is the scheduled of themes for the week:

Monday, August 23: Middle East … Our Peace

Tuesday, August 24: Vivencias Hispano-Latinas: Unidad en Cristo AND Systemic and Racialized Poverty

Wednesday, August 25: LGBTQIA+ Resilience

Thursday, August 26: No More Stolen Relatives: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit People

Friday, August 27: AAPI Resilience, Resistance, Power & Affirmation

Saturday, August 28: Black Lives Matter

Sunday, August 29: Gun Violence Response and Recognition

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Support justice for Julius Jones

Tell the State of Oklahoma to commute the death sentence on Julius Jones.

I oppose the death penalty.
Executing people to keep people from committing crimes has proven ineffectual.
Execution lowers us to the level of those who kill.
The violence of an execution feeds violence.
Execution negates any possibility of repentance and restoration.

And innocent blood could be shed. An innocent person could be executed,

Julius Jones may be innocent. The evidence points strongly in that direction. He has a petition for commutation before the Pardon and Parole Board. This Board can

Julius Jones sits on death row in Oklahoma, despite maintaining his innocence and despite compelling evidence that he may have been wrongfully convicted.

At the time of the crime for which he was convicted, Julius was a 19-year-old student athlete with a promising future, attending the University of Oklahoma on an academic scholarship. It is clear that Julius’ lawyer did not adequately defend him, and that explicit racial bias played a significant role in the process.. For example, his supporters point out that:

  • Eyewitnesses place Mr. Jones at his parents’ home at the time of the murder, miles away from the crime scene. 
  • Mr. Jones’ co-defendant admitted to being involved in the crime and is now free after testifying against Julius. He was heard bragging that he “set Julius up.” Mr. Jones’ co-defendant matches the only eyewitness description of the shooter based on the length of his hair.
  • Newly-discovered evidence shows that at least one juror harbored racial prejudice that influenced his vote to convict and sentence Mr. Jones to death. One juror reported telling the judge about another juror who said the trial was a waste of time and “they should just take the n***** out and shoot him behind the jail.” 

Julius Jones, who is African American, was convicted and sentenced to death in 2002 for the murder of Paul Howell, a prominent white businessman, in 1999. There can be no justification for the murder of Paul Howell. It is a violation. It is tragic. But, an execution will not, can not bring Paul Howell back to life. An execution of the wrong person will also be a violation and a tragedy.

Tell the State of Oklahoma to commute the death sentence on Julius Jones.

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A prayer for peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula 2021

Join the National Council of Churches in Korea in praying for peace on August 15 and every day.

God of creation,

We love this land where the people of the North and the South have built our own history together. We love the Korean Peninsula where we share our laughter and tears. But this land is moaning from the wounds of division.

The borders of different ideologies have driven this land into war and violence. The depths of hate are deep within us, and the forces that promote division are blocking our steps toward peace. The interference of major powers around the Korean Peninsula continues, and the people of the North and the South bear the burdens of conflict.

God of healing,

Hear our cry!

We pray that wounds of division will be healed.

Help us to stop hating and accusing each other, and plant the seeds of peace and coexistence. Help us to overcome the conflicts of ideology by the love of Christ.

Defeat the forces of evil that block the path of peace.

Help us stop the military exercises in the name of security.

God of reconciliation,

Grant the churches of the North and the South the strength and courage to lead the way of reconciliation and peace. We pray that the churches of the North and the South will strive to break down the walls of division and promote reconciliation.

God of peace,

We pray that we become a church dedicated to the true liberation today on the 76th anniversary of liberation from the Japanese Empire. We confess that peace and reunification on the Korean Peninsula is not an option, but a calling that we must achieve. Although the barbed wire of division has torn us apart, we remember that our spirits and hearts are connected in the Lord. 

Help us walk together on the pilgrimage of justice and peace as we walk together for the Kingdom of God.

In Jesus’s name, we pray.

Amen!

15 August 2021
National Council of Churches in Korea

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14 August 2021

Walk. Louisville Waterfront Botanical Garden.

Rest well, Nanci Griffith
San Diego Serenade
Hard Times Come Again No More
Grapefruit Moon
Boots of Spanish Leather
Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
Heart of Indochine
So Long Ago
Before
Tecumseh Valley
This Old Town
Ten Degrees and Getting Colder
Turn Around
So Long Ago
Never Mind
If I Hammer

Happy Birthday, John McCutcheon
Welcome the Traveler Home
We Shall Rise
Christmas in the Trenches
Greatest Story Never Told
Children of Abraham
All God’s Critters
Somos El Barco
Cross That Line
Streets of Sarajevo
Crazy or Courageous
Immigrant
Hope Dies Last
Te Recuerdo
SuAnne Big Crow
Sara Tucholsky
The Great Storm Is Over
Water from Another TIme
Stone by Stone
No Mas
How Can I Keep from Singing?
Hobo’s Lullaby
Wish You Goodnight
One Strong Arm
Calling All the Children Home

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