I actually shared some personal and vulnerable stuff in this message because I’m trying to figure out how to model that for others at a time when our national leadership is attacking the spiritual practice of vulnerability as what connects us to God.
The only year-round shelter for youth in Alameda County. No. Really. But talk about inspiring work! You’ll want to see at least 20 Dreamcatchers after listening to this interview.
Theme music provided by Earth Amplified: “Any Day Now.”
Peggy Bristol makes sure that youth and children fleeing violence in their homelands get dignity in Bay Area courts. Be inspired by the work of Mustard Seed! (Theme Music: “Any Day Now” by Earth Amplified.)
OneLife Institute provides breathing space and community care for activists, caretakers and anyone carrying others on their shoulders. Be inspired by how Liza and OneLife create peace!
theme music, “Any Day Now,” courtesy of Earth Amplified.
Nafsi ya Jamii provides a space where spirit and body and action and healing can co-exist, a retreat and working farm in the heart of East Oakland. Patricia St. Onge shares the vision of her and partner Wilson Riles.
music by Earth Amplified.
Project Darreis, named after a generous young man caught in crossfire in the OPC’s neighborhood, seeks to provide whatever food, clothing, or compassion people in the community need as a way of deterring violence. Prepare to be inspired by the generosity and fierce dedication of director and founder Belinda.
Preached at First Congregational Church of Oakland, December 14, 2014.I’ve had the story of one of our forebears on my heart recently on this Black Lives Matter Sunday. So while I was supposed to preach “People Get Ready,” my sermon this morning is actually “The Ballad of Harry Moore,” as written by Langston Hughes and set to music by Sweet Honey in the Rock.
It seems I hear Harry Moore; from the earth his voice still cries:
No bomb can kill the dreams I hold, for freedom never dies.
Freedom never dies, I say. Freedom never dies.
No bomb can kill the dreams I hold for freedom never dies.
Some people call Harry Moore the first martyr of the civil rights movement – he was killed by the Ku Klux Klan on Christmas night, 1951.
A teacher himself, Harry Moore fought for fair pay for Black teachers in Florida, and for the right to vote for Black people throughout the 1940s. He investigated lynchings and worked in the most rural parts of the state, where the risk was highest and the gains particularly hard-fought. During his time as a field organizer, Florida had the highest voter registration level of African Americans of any state in the south: 33%, despite it being some of the toughest terrain in which to organize. In fact, Harry Moore’s determination to work at the most hopeless edges of the movement had just earned him a demotion within the movement, and his opposition to an increase in membership dues actually got him fired from his position with the NAACP. But that Christmas was the Moores’ 25th wedding anniversary, and they celebrated that whatever their status in the organization, they continued to be part of the movement. (more…)