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A Backstory of Black Men and Basketball

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 2:23 PM

The beautiful, kinetic brilliance demonstrated by the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers was a dream for those of us who fiend for the creative on-court athletic prowess of what is known as basketball. To have the opportunity to witness the unselfish team style of play crafted by the Golden...

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The Doors of the Church are Open

(6) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 6:30 AM

A gated community.
A public sidewalk.
A gas station.
A church.
A porch.
A pool.
A car.

-Aura Bogado

The Doors of the Church are Open

"A church."

The question running through the minds of many African Americans, particularly black church folks is...

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A Biblical Review Of Noah

(286) Comments | Posted March 29, 2014 | 5:08 PM

Biblical themes have been used throughout history to share the universal struggle of humanity; temptation, rebellion, coming of age, the degradation of the moral compass, courage in the face of humanity, and of course, faith.

William Shakespeare uses biblical elements in his plays. We witness in his writings themes highlighted...

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12 Years A Slave Study Guide

(10) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 11:56 AM

Below is a copy of Trinity Church's Study Guide for 12 Years a Slave.

On Monday night Trinity rented 3 theaters in Chicago and 700 people from the church went to see the film. It is a powerful film all faith communities should watch and discuss....

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A Letter To My Ancestor: To Tinko

(3) Comments | Posted January 1, 2013 | 8:07 AM

This letter is part of our "Letters to Our Ancestors" project. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, we've asked members of our community to share their own letters to our forefathers. With these letters, we hope to look back on the progress our community has made...

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Hate Crimes vs America

(50) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 9:39 AM

​​On Aug. 5, six worshippers at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin were killed by a white supremacist. Days later, a transgendered woman was stabbed to death in Washington, DC because of her sexual orientation. No one has been arrested for her murder. In January, two people were sent to prison...

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Unseating Invisible Racism

(1117) Comments | Posted September 8, 2012 | 10:05 AM

On Sunday, September 15, 1963 during the Civil Rights movement in America the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed and four little girls were killed. 11-year old Denise McNair and 14-year olds, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley were murdered at their family church because of racism and because African Americans in the South wanted to exercise their Constitutional right to vote.

​49-years later after Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley lost their innocent lives because their community wanted the right to vote, today, September 8, 2012, states have passed the Voter ID law which suppresses the rights of the poor,former prison inmates, elderly, Hispanics, and African Americans to vote in local, state, and presidentialelections. The Voter ID law also makes it more difficult for college students, the disabled, immigrants and people of color to vote.

​In this day of the viral "empty chair," the church community and the interfaith community must speak to the "empty chair" and what it represents. The "empty chair" represents invisible racism and voter suppression in America.

​The spirit of God is love and justice. The "empty chair" of invisible racism disregards the meaning of God's love. As people of faith, we must ask ourselves, why is there an intentional invisible racism voter suppression movement to prevent eligible citizens the right to vote?

​As people of faith, we must be concerned about the least of these in America. All citizens 18-years and older must have the inalienable right to vote; to ensure that the homeless have a place to live, the hungry have food to eat, all children have access to quality education, former prisoners and their families can apply to live in public housing, and the elderly and all people in American can receive healthcare.

​Thousands of people, of all cultures and religions, marched with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr so that all people, no matter what their station in life could have the right to vote.

​Denise McNair Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, Dr. King, Viola Liuzzo, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and other unnamed children, women and men died so that allpersons can experience the "American Dream." The Voter ID law dishonors the lives of children, women and men who died for the right to vote. It is time to unseat invisible racism in America.

We must unseat invisible racism because as long as it remains human rights and individual dignity will forever be under threat:

(Click Here To Sign The Petition)

  • The invisible racism that leads to Voter Photo ID laws that suppress the democratic rights of the elderly, people of color and the poor;
  • The invisible racism that made targets of thousands of African American, Latino and working class households, as unscrupulous lenders caused them to lose their homes to foreclosure;
  • The invisible racism that drives a torrent of anti-immigration laws instead of legislation that provides paths to citizenship;
  • The invisible racism that allows tragedy as long as there is profit in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, where more than 4 million children, women and men have died as a result of "Blood Coltan" and other mineral mining operations; and
  • The invisible racism that has resulted in more African American men currently in prison or jail, on probation or parole, than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began.

I petition to unseat invisible racism and to drive it from the dark corners of humanity, into the light, so that its true nature of injustice is revealed.

Quotes From Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A Moral Case for Tax Fairness in America

(15) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 7:57 AM

Why do the richest one percent of Americans often pay less taxes than their employees struggling to make ends meet? For most Americans, our recent tax day was about as welcomed as a trip to the dentist. But a cab driver working the double shift probably had more reason for...

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Why I am Unashamed and Unapologetic About My Faith

(182) Comments | Posted January 1, 2012 | 7:05 AM

The antebellum preacher was the greatest single factor in determining the destiny of the enslaved community. - Howard Thurman
"The blues help you get out of the bed in the morning. You get up knowing you ain't alone. There's something else in the world...this be an empty world without the...
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A Blue Note Gospel

(14) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 6:11 PM

In the second month of the second year after their arrival at the house of God in Jerusalem, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Jeshua son of Jozadak and the rest of the people (the priests and the Levites and all who had returned from the captivity to Jerusalem) began the work...
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When Brooks Dry Up

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2011 | 10:31 PM

1Kings Chapter 17:5-9

It is does not matter who you are or what your station in life at some point your "brook" will dry up. Life has unfortunately been designed with a peculiar cosmic chaotic character, yet
divine construction that guarantees:

a moment of drought;

a minute of...

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Silence Is 'Not' Golden When It Comes To The Congo

(6) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 11:12 AM

The ancient proverbial statement says, "Silence is golden." But how can a person, especially a person of faith, be silent when a woman is raped every minute and 45,000 children, women and men are dying in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

The Democratic Republic of Congo is...

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