Sunday, January 17, 2010

That We Were Able to Wed

Talking with the girls
answering their urgent questions
knowing only in part
the truth of segregation

Going out, continuing my work
something to relate
the depth of the divide of hate

Seeing others as property
somehow lower than man
that they should be set apart
the white man from the black

Looking the girls in the eye
something real and clear
that their mother and I
were able to wed

The reward of all the struggle and pain
not longer kept apart
able to follow love instead

January 17, 2010
That We Were Able to Wed

January 16 conversation with the girls about
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
and segregation,
including discussion of the right of interracial couples
could marry in all 50 states only recently
Loving v. Virginia, ruling that all states must allow
interracial marriage, 1967
edited January 21, 2015
How We Are to Act – v2
January 17, 2011
How We Are to Act
edited January 19, 2015
Words can Destroy – v2
January 17, 2011
Words can Destroy
edited January 20, 2015
Words to Edify – v2
January 17, 2011
Words to Edify
The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2011
Isaiah 9:1-4
Upper Room Disciplines for 2011
for January 17 to 23, 2011
“Carrying God’s Light”
by Cathie McFadden
for January 17, 2011
read January 17, 2011
Isaiah 6:1-8
Isaiah 49:1-7
John 1:29-42
Worship Theme: “Called by God to . . .”
and sermon, “A Light to the Nations”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
January 16, 2011
Second Sunday after Epiphany
Human Relations Sunday
edited January 19, 2015
Changing the Wind – v3
(merging edits to original and version 2)
Edited July 22, 2013
“changing the wind – v2”
December 7, 2007
“changing the wind”
Based on the comments of Jim Wallis on
Speaking of Faith, November 29, 2007
He was talking about whether to change politicians
or change the wind, to change the public opinion
which guides politics. He used the example
of President Johnson’s statement to the
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that it would
take 5 years for a voting rights bill but
it actually took 5 months to pass the Voting Rights Act,
after the March in Selma.
Edited September 8, 2013
“Making the secular Holy – v3”
Edited September 7, 2013
“Making the secular Holy – v2”
new poem September 7, 2013
“Making the secular Holy”
This poem is about my wife and me when we got married
in a civil service on December 17, 2004 in Concord, NH in White Park
and then before our church family at
Wesley United Methodist Church in Concord, NH
on April 23, 2005.
We celebrate 2 anniversaries because they both mean a great
deal to us, in very different ways.
I grieve for those who are able to marry civilly in so many
states now, such as NH, but are unable to marry in their
United Methodists churches and for the clergy who are put on trial
for choosing to go against the Discipline to marry them.
trials of Rev. Frank Schaefer
and Rev. Thomas Ogletree
and  Rev. Steve Heiss
Edited September 7, 2013
For Offering Love – v2
June 22, 2011
For Offering Love
Love on Trial,
the case against the Reverend Amy DeLong,
which begins on June 20, 2011
John 8:1-11
Samuel Thompson’s
Inclusion Essay
shared at the New England United Methodist Church
Annual Conference
in response to call by Reconciling Ministries Network
for essays describing, “My vision for an inclusive church”,
June 10, 2011
in part inspired by conversations with
the Reverend John Makokha
Riruta UMC
Children of Africa Hope Mission Project in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.
Matthew 25:31-46
The Sheep and the Goats
Matthew 28:18-20
Great Commission

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