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Let Justice Roll

But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! Amos 5:24 Over the past few months, I’ve been working with office directors and a committee of people to plan an event that would celebrate and honor the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.  On that historic day over 250,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to stand against injustice, hatred and bigotry.  On that day, they heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., deliver his iconic “I Have A Dream Speech.” All of my children were born at least 20 …

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Who Is My Neighbor?

The George Zimmerman trial is finally over. Zimmerman has been acquitted and he is a free man. While he and his family are certainly relieved, I clearly see a lack of any triumphalism on the media or elsewhere. The reason is simple. A life has been lost. Trayvon Martin is dead. Death in any circumstance is a tragedy. The jury delivered it verdict on 13th July, 2013, a Saturday. The gospel reading for the 15th Sunday was the story of the Good Samaritan. Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan in the context of …

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The Race is On!

I ran track for one year in high school. Mostly the mile and two mile.  The mile I liked, but the two mile, now that’s a different story.  Something about going around in circles eight times in the same direction—it felt pointless to run all that way just to end up right where I’d started.  And track meets—ugh.  Seems like it was always either freezing and raining or baking hot.  No in between.  I remember sitting in the stands (and sometimes under them) bundled up against the wind and rain trying to do my homework …

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A Mother of Sons

As the mother of sons the death of Trayvon Martin has drenched both my soul and spirit in an unending sorrow. Unlike the president, who stated “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.” My sons do look like Trayvon at different stages of his life. My two older sons, both of whom have college degrees look like Trayvon’s now non-existent future.  Trayvon quite possibly had a driver’s license which my youngest teenage son is greatly anticipating.  Both would have high hopes of proms and high school graduation. I am confused when I …

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Celebrating Good News

Celebrating Good News During the last ten years ecumenists have had to look hard for good news. Recently though I’ve been discovering good news in various notes, links, journals and articles.  As we continue to build our new Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations website I’ll be sharing new and good developments on a weekly basis. On January 28-29 five offices of the Archdiocese produced a successful forum on race at University of Dayton, titled, All Are Welcome? Race in the Church Today. Three hundred people attended. It was a richly textured conference, which updated everyone, including sponsoring …

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