Category Archives: Current Events

19 June 2022

Walking. Germantown. Gym in the Apartment.
Juneteenth,
Say It Loud – I ‘m Black and I’m Proud – James Brown
Alright – Kendrick Lamar
A Brand New Day – The Wiz
Fantasy – Earth, Wind & Fire
Yes We Can, Can – The Pointer Sisters
Ella’s Song – Sweet Honey in the Rock
Get Up Stand Up – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Mississippi Goddam – Nina Simone
Someday We’ll All Be Free – Donny Hathaway
9th Wonder (Blackitolism) – Digibale Planets
Soul Sista – Bilal
Freedom – Joi
O-O-H Child – The Five Stairsteps
Free – Destiny’s Child
I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers
Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead
Umi Says – Mos Def
I Am the Black Gold of the Sun – Rotary Connection & Minnie Riperton
One Nation under a Groove – Funkadelic

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17 June 2022

Walking. Gym in the Apartment.
Mother Emanuael. Charleston.
Everytime -Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding
Freedom – Pharrell Williams
Wade in the Water – The Fisk Jubilee Singers
Deep River – The Howard University Chamber Choir
Steal Away – The Princely Players
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child – Kehembe Eichelberger
Take My Hand, Precious Lord – Mahalia Jackson
This Is America – Childish Gambino
Too Many Martyrs – Kim & Reggie Harris
Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody – Mary D. Williams
Drown in my Own Tears – Richie Havens
Ghosts of Charleston – Marc S. Kruza
Mother Emanuel – Shirley Caesar
Emanuel – Dead 27s
There Is a Balm in Gilead – Florida A&M University Concert Choir
The President Sang Amazing Grace – Zoe Mulford

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A prayer for the family, colleagues, and friends of the Rev. Dr. James Reese

The Rev. Dr. James Reese died on June 17 at age 98; he served over 70 years as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); he lived his life in ministry.

For the Rev. Dr. James Foster Reese (presente!):
for his life and love
for his faith and kindness
for his courage and witness
for his persistent challenge to white supremacy
for his insistent commitment to justice
for his consistent service to Jesus,
revealed in so many ways but particularly
as he ‘refused to leave the table’ where decisions were made
even when he felt pushed to the margins and ignored,
thanks be to God.
For his wife, Neola,
his family,
his friends,
his colleagues in ministry,
his mentees,
and all who knew and loved him,
we ask your comfort, God.
Keep his memory present and alive
as an inspiration and example to us all.
We pray in the name of Jesus
who the Rev. Dr. Reese followed.
Amen.

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Breaking Through A Plate Glass Window

I met Michael Granzen and Karen Hernandez-Granzen when I was in New York As our paths crossed, we became friends and allies in championing the cause for social justice. Although the distance between us is greater now, we remain friends. I am always interested and impressed to see their ministry. That is why I look forward to reading their new book Breaking Through A Plate Glass Window. Check it out.

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A prayer for children – all our children

Parent God,
they are all our children.
Their stories lead the nightly news,
their stories never told,
they are all our children.
Their names on a list,
their names unknown,
they are all our children.
Their faces tweeted,
their faces unseen,
they are all our children.
In Uvalde,
they are all our children.
In Chicago,
they are all our children.
In Kandahar Province, (Afghanistan)
they are all our children.
In Atma town, Idlib, (Syria)
they are all our children.
In Kramatorsk, (Ukraine)
they are all our children.
In Drakpa, (Democratic Republic of Congo)
they are all our children.
In Tultepec, (Mexico)
they are all our children.
In Jenin, (Palestine)
they are all our children.,
In Hlaing Tharyar Township (Myanmar)
they are all our children.
In any place,
they are all our children.
In every place,
they are all our children.
Inspire us to repeat the words
until we understand the words,
believe the words,
until we live the words.
They are all our children.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

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No More Stolen Relatives: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People

Consider wearing red today in support of the effort to address the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People. Here are some resources for learning:

Here are some ideas for actions:

  • Read the Urban Indian Health Institute’s 2018 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls report which highlights the MMIW crisis and the high number of cases in the Seattle metro area
  • If and when a Native relative is missing or murdered, access this toolkit on Understanding and Responding to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women for Families and Communities
  • Learn more from the Yakima Herald’s in-depth series, The Vanished, or watch this powerful video by phenomenal youth athlete and WSCADV intern Rosalie Fish (Cowlitz and Muckleshoot)
  • Respond to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center’s calls to action, and follow them on social media for events and resources.

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24 April 2022

Walking. Germantown.
Easter Rising (Ireland). Armenian Genocide.
Who Fears to Speak of Easter Week – Brenden Behan
Amhrainn Na Bfhiann (Gaelic Version) – Pearse
The Irish National Anthem (Traditional Instrumental Version) – Various Artists
The Boys of the Old Brigade – Paddy McGuigan
Men of Easter Week – Mark’s Men
Padraic Pearse – The Wolfe Tones
James Connolly – Dropkick Murphy’s
Tom Clarke (Unrepentant Fenian) – The Irish Brigade
Michael Collins – Brian Moore
Touched by Fire – Black 47
Foggy Dew – Declan Hunt
My Last Farewell – Brier
Banna Strand – Eugene McEldowney
Ireland Unfree – Paddy’s Dream
The Tri-Colored Ribbon – Lori Holland
Freedom’s Sons – The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
The Dying Rebel – Shamrog
Mise Eire – Celtic Woman
Grace – Jim McCann
Merry Ploughboy – Derek Wakefield
The Soldiers Song – The Bogside Volunteers
Mer Hayrenik – Armenian National Anthem [Instrumental] – Global Orchestra
Armenian Rhapsody – V. Knushevitsky & A. Ayvazian Orchestra
Armenian Folk Song – A. Ter-Abramian, National Folk Instrument Ensemble of Erevan & A. Merangulian
Lezginka from Suite No. 5 – Aram Khachaturian & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
Saber Dance From The Ballet Gayne – Aram Khachaturian & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
Lezginka from Ballet Gayne – Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre & Aram Khachaturian
The Armenian Genocide – Julian Cope
Mer Hayrenik – Armenian National Anthem [Sung] – Global Orchestra

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22 April 2022

Walking. Germantown.
I Need to Wake Up – Melissa Etheridge
Last Lonely Eagle – New Riders of the Purple Sage
Gardner – Rebecca Riots
Earth and Sun – Sharon Burch
Dragonfly – Ziggy Marley
Almost Like Praying – Lin-Manuel Miranda, feat. Artists for Puerto Rico
Wildlife – Nomad
Now That the Buffalo’s Gone – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Wind Spirit – Bill Miller
A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
Evolution Revolution – Indigenous
Care for the Land – Eric Bogle
People Get Ready – Ladysmith Black Mambazo, feat. Phoebe Snow
After the Gold Rush – Neil Young
Solstice Prayer – R. Carlos Nakai
Hawai’i ’78 – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) – Fats Domino
This Little Light of Mine – Sweet Honey on the Rock
Freedom Road – The Blind Boys of Alabama
The Sky and the Dawn and the Son – Celtic Woman
The Four Legged Ones – Joanne Shenandoah
The Times The Are A-Changin’ – Keb’ Mo’
Whole World – Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding
Earth Children – Walela
New World Water – Mos Def
Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
Globe All Warming – Niyorah
Shimmer, Prayer for Cleaning the Water – Joy Harjo
Mighty River – Mary Bilge
In the Water – Run River North
Water Is Life – Wanita Bird
Whose Garden Was This – Tom Paxton
Mother Earth, Our Mother Birthing – Jim & Jean Strathdee

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4 April 2022

Walking. North East, Maryland.
Now’s the Time – Charlie Parker & Miles Davis
Motel in Memphis – Life, Explicit
Martin, Martin – Denise Erwin
Wake Up – Rage Against the Machine
They Killed Him – Kate Campbell
Just a Little More Love – David Guetta (feat. Chris Willis)
Ballad of Martin Luther King – Pete Seeger, Brother Kirk & The Sesame Street Kids
Like a King – Ben Harper
God Rest His Soul – Gregg Allman
MLK – U2
Mlk Song – Mavis Staples
So Beautiful or So What – Paul Simon
Why? (The King of Love Is Dead) – Nina Simone
Heaven Will Welcome You Dr. King – Big Maybelle
We March – Prince
Abraham, Martin and John – Harry Belafonte
Take My Hand, Precious Lord – Mahalia Jackson

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War I and II

I
Missiles fly.
Parents die.
Children cry.

II
Missiles fly.
Children die.
Parents cry.

22 March 2022

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