Love drives out fears

How do we come together, especially after we have disagreed in a non-loving way? We start with Love. Rev. William Barber preaches this message. He speaks out against those who would oppress and invites them to join in a loving fusion coalition. How do we address fear? We start with Love.

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A champion dies

Muhammad Ali, a man who was famous for boxing, was a pacifist and a loving man. He objected to our fighting in Vietnam. He spoke out against hate. “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda” — Muhammad Ali

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We must be the Good in the world

“Good” and “Evil” are not some mysterious forces “out there” that come and afflict us. God and the devil are not in some big battle for our souls or the universe. We have  free will, and with free will comes the possibility that people will act in egregious ways. James Luther Adams wrote “we deny […]

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Peace, Fear, Oppression, Actions…

Oppression is a violation of human rights. No person has the right to act in a way that is intended to make others fearful of them. No one has the right to deny others the freedoms expressed in our Constitution. The white supremacists who gathered at Stone Mountain  on April 23, 2016, have oppressive racist […]

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Love your enemies?

How can we love our enemies without becoming enemies ourselves? How so we stand up to hate without becoming haters ourselves? In Luke 6:27-28, Jesus says: “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”   […]

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Hating the haters?

It is sad to hear news reports of protesters and Trump supporters clashing in Chicago. News for everyone, “great” people do not participate in fist fights.   “Professional” people do not start attacks. “These people” are not destroying the country, and “those people” are not making the country great. We are arbitrarily diving people into […]

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Jesus on Love

We do not know the true appearance of Jesus, and his exact words are subject to the ravages of time and translation, but we do know that Jesus was a firebrand rabbi who preached a message of radical love. What we know of Jesus is that he quoted parts of the Old Testament1  that were […]

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