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Mercy, Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Racism

Inspired by Dear White Peacemakers and Hidden Brain Podcasts on Forgiveness and Mercy Have you had that experience where an idea that surfaces in one place appears in a wholly unrelated place just a little bit later?  I use that

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I Cry in Every Chapter I’ve Read so Far

Reflections on Dear White Peacemakers: Dismantling Racism with Grit and Grace by Osheta Moore Like many of you, I’ve begun the work to become increasingly anti-racist.  I’d love to believe I can become fully so, but the more I learn,

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Masterfully Woven Virtual Gatherings

Inspired by the Art of Gathering by Priya Parker It’s happening all around us now, and maybe even with us and to us.  What?  Re-entry.  Re-gathering.  Maybe gathering for the first time.  And also, a precipitous drop, for at least

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Considerations about Re-entry

Last week I met a friend for lunch.  It was a perfectly pre-pandemic “normal” activity for the two of us.  We agreed to meet at a mutually favorite spot, with great Mediterranean fare (Oooh, I love falafel!) and no table

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Committing to a Clear Purpose for Your Gathering

The Second in a Series of Blogs When I first “met” Priya Parker, during a podcast interview with Dr. Brené Brown (and yes, I am still a serious Brené groupie),  she said something that may stick with me forever:  the

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Thinking Deliberately About Gathering

Inspired by Priya Parker’s work, The Art of Gathering It’s starting to happen…meetings in person, happy hours, birthday parties, committees, councils, church!  As we emerge from the enforced isolation that characterized our pandemic response so many of us are eager

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Courage and Racism

Last week Debbie wrote about different types of courage.  As a short review, these are the things she said: Try courage:    it’s just what it seems.  This is the courage to try something for the first time, or the first

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Where Do You Need More Courage?

For the last two weeks I’ve written about courage: Jesus-like courage to share in the dream of the Kingdom coming on earth as it is in heaven and skills that build courage.  Perhaps by now you are convinced of both

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Skills That Build Courage

Courage of conviction, courage flowing from passion, courage protected by mercy and forgiveness…this is what last week’s blog talked about, with specific reference to the kind of courage it takes to face racism in ourselves and in our Church.  This

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It Takes a Lot of Courage

Leadership, Racism, and Our Church Last week Dana shared another segment in her learning and unlearning journey around racism.  Toward the end of that blog, she quoted the late humorist Erma Bombeck who said, “It takes a lot of courage

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Leadership and Race

Recently,  4/25/21, US Senator Lindsay Graham, R, S.C. declared that, in his opinion, there is no systemic racism in America.  “America is not a racist country,” he said.  (i)  Well, the existence of racist laws as pointed out in last

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Malevolent Laws

In my latest JustFaith session, we learned how legislation had been (and still is being) used to continue to oppress people of color.  The following is legislation that took from former slaves and their descendants any type of advancement they

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The New Testament and Racism

Last week’s blog looked at what the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) offers Christians considering racism in America. This week, I am daring to move into the Christian Scriptures to see some of what both Jesus and St. Paul have to

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The Hebrew Scriptures Address Racism

I am still encountering the intellectual, emotional and spiritual challenges of the JustFaith anti-racism modules.  Before I share with you more of what we are grappling with in these modules, I wanted to share with you the context in which

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Moderation in ALL Things?

In my JustFaith sessions we recently read a statement from Good Friday 1963 where 8 white clergy urged the “Negroes” of the city to wait for the right season, obey the laws and wait for the courts to iron out

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Showing Respect Through Catholic Social Teaching

Many or most of us were taught to respect other people.  Give an elder your seat on the bus.  Open the door for the mother with the stroller.  I know I was taught these things.  And I don’t remember being

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