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Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.
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For more than 30 years, Catherine has tirelessly advocated wellness and social justice, giving voice to those living on the margins of society and promoting a healthy racial dialogue worldwide. Her unique storytelling style has made her a popular speaker and workshop facilitator and continues to inspire her students in courses on race, gender and prejudice. She is a newspaper columnist, a frequent radio commentator and the author of several well-known books, including "Standing on Their Shoulders: A Celebration of the Wisdom of African American Women."

Catherine is Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio Cultural Studies and professor of Social Science as well as Director of the Lane Center for Community Engagement and Service at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga. She is also Executive Director of Aunt Maggie’s Kitchen Table, Inc., a resource center that assists low income families. B

lessed with numerous awards and commendations for her commitment to social change, literacy and racial harmony, Catherine has been honored as a visiting distinguished scholar, Pepperdine University, 2007.

Entries by Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

Forgiveness Is The Right Kind of Cash

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 7:34 PM

One of the most powerful scenes from the new movie, Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom, which is based upon his autobiography, is the speech that he makes to his fellow citizens about the necessity to seek freedom without violence. He declares to his listening audience that forgiveness is necessary...

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...But, He Shot His Brother

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 1:00 AM

"...Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him."

The quasi-documentary film I AM by director Tom Shadyac, the director of ACE Ventura and The Nutty Professor fame explores the question of the interconnections of human life and it makes a convincing case about that connection...

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Stand Still

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 2:06 PM

"When you are lost in the forest, stand still," says wise teachers in some native cultures, "because the forest is not lost." If you stand still the forest will help you. You will be led out of it. This seems to be a very good word to heed in the...

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My Reunion With The Open Door

(12) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 1:48 PM

A few weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to preach at Atlanta's Open Door Community's afternoon worship. Their tradition is to have worship service at 4:00 p.m. each Sunday which is followed by a community supper for all who are able to stay following the service. Though I knew...

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The Least of These

(19) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 1:51 PM

A few days ago I had to visit a bank that is located in the Buckhead Community, a wealthy section of Atlanta. It always surprises me to drive on streets in this area and to see the houses that are as large as small apartment complexes with four, five or...

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Me, A Hoarder?

(10) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 3:05 PM

We watch the stories of the hoarders on television and feel sorry for them and go away being proud not to be one of them, but wait a minute, perhaps we are more kin to them than we realize. As we travel along our life journey, what are the things...

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Why We Should Stop Celebrating the 'I Have a Dream' Speech

(20) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 1:34 PM

16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities, "unwise and untimely." Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all of the criticisms that...
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A Worthy Conversation

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2013 | 2:26 AM

It has taken me awhile to come to the conclusion that I want to join in the gun control conversation. My heistancy lies in the fact that it is such a polarized discussion and that there are so many people who are willing to make such unkind and violent remarks...

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There Is More to Life Than Politics

(7) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 1:09 PM

The election is over and some of us feel like winners and others feel like losers, but there is more to our collective lives than politics. We witnessed the demonization of opponents on both sides of the political fence which was offered in the name of the need to do...

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Suicide and the Search for Green Pastures

(12) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 3:02 PM

The psalmist declares in the 23rd Psalm that God will lead one to "green pastures," and many have recited those words along with the rest of that Psalm for decades. But there are too many people in our communities who find themselves in the middle of a life journey that...

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The Council of Elders

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 3:10 PM

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the newly formed National Council of Elders released the Greensboro Declaration, the first statement of the organization since its founding a month ago. The NCOE founding conference was held in Greensboro, N.C., site of the historic Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins in 1960, which represented a major...

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Forgiveness and Bearing Witness

(6) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 11:45 AM

Last week, while attending the Christian Scholars Conference in Nashville, Tenn., I had the blessed experience of hearing Immaculee Ilibagiza bear witness to the power of grace and love. Many readers will know that she is one of the women who spent 91 days hiding in a small bathroom during...

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Live Without Fear, Because God Loves You Like a Mother

(79) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 8:01 AM

Every Sunday our closing prayer begins with the above words. Yet all of us struggle to find the place of safety and comfort that will make it possible for us to live without fear. Our world makes the point very well that there is much about which to be fearful....

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The Gift of Kittens in a Flower Pot

(2) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 3:37 PM

Early in my life I was told to be careful how I treated strangers because I might be entertaining angels without realizing it. A few days ago a small clan of angels arrived on my patio without my invitation or knowledge. They were discovered by me when I hurriedly went...

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I Am Standing My Ground

(60) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 4:03 PM

Yes, indeed we do need to stand our ground. But the ground needs to be that which is committed to working for the alleviation of violence in this country. The notion that violence is a solution to our problems is indefensible and false. We have engaged in so much state-sanctioned...

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Yes, Alexander, It Is A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, But...

(4) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 3:11 PM

In that marvelous children's book, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," the main character Alexander knew that things were going down hill when he woke up with gum in his hair, didn't get a prize in his cereal box and wasn't given a window seat in...

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In Search of Deserted Places

(16) Comments | Posted February 19, 2012 | 9:10 AM

I have always been fascinated to hear the words tucked away in Mark's gospel regarding Jesus seeking a deserted place to pray. "In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place to pray." (Mark 1:35 NRSV) These words are sandwiched...

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All the Voices Are White, and They Are Being Heard

(123) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 9:50 AM

Magic Mulatto, Mrs. YoMama, Touching A Tar Baby, Your Boy, Orbameo, Watermelons on the White House Lawn, cartoons with the President Obama's head and a chimpanzee's body, references to monkeys who escaped the zoo being related to the First Lady, and the list goes on with the racial slurs that...

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What Is On Your Mind?

(5) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 10:57 AM

"Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life" declares the wise teacher in Proverbs (4:23 NCV). Of course, this is not a new idea because every major philosophy warns us about the power of our thoughts in shaping the pattern that our lives follow. As I have...

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Daniel Prays From the Lions Den

(15) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 2:06 PM

The powerful story recorded in the Hebrew Bible about the results of Daniel's fearlessness and faith calls to us. This is a message that needs to be remembered as we navigate our way through today's maze of highly orchestrated efforts to keep us fearful and to have fear lead us...

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