Message in the Music: What I Learned from Fela

Yesterday my husband and I went to see a musical about the Afro-beat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. And let me tell you, it was awesome. Between the amazing drum beats which took me back to the days when I studied dance with the Ko-thi Dance Company in Milwaukee and the wonderful jazz sounds coming out …

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A Dose of Perspective

It may come as a surprise to many of you, especially of those who know me really well, that my express goal or purpose in life is not to see social justice and reconciliation realized. I know that is quite a shocker given practically everything that I write or talk about but truth be told …

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What Happens When You Are Not Fully Human

A self-righteous, religious leader once asked Jesus a question. "Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the law (Matthew 22.36)?" And although Jesus knew that in his questioning, this man was up to no good, he responded "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind...and …

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All You Need Is Love

Do you remember the Beatles hit song from 1967, All You Need Is Love?. Well I don't, I was not even alive much less thought about back then. But I know it, and today, for some reason, it is has been running through my head. All you need is love, all you need is love, …

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HOPE

Recently, my husband and I went to visit with a friend who lost a loved one. It was a very somber visit where the feeling of grief and sorrow was in the air. We, along with everyone else present, hoped that our gathering would offer some relief, some comfort. But really, how can one be …

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Reclaiming Very Goodness

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. God saw that the light was …

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The How

Nine months or so, I started a series called The Who, The What, The Why and the How. It is about inviting all persons, regardless of race, nationality, economic status, or religion even, to the communion table of the Lord, or rather into relationship with God. It is a three part series and was all …

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