• Posts Tagged ‘community’

    changing the channel

    by  • October 3, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Tonight the Red Sox will play the last game of a disappointing season that ended long ago, as far as any aspirations for the post season were concerned. The only thing that matters about tonight is that it would be nice to beat the Yankees on the way out. As far as the Yanks...

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    better reception

    by  • September 28, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Last night, the Red Sox lost their last home game of the season. We have six away games left — three with the Orioles and then three with the Yankees — and then our season will be over. We will finish with a losing record for the first time in fifteen years. If Toronto...

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    the grammar of togetherness

    by  • August 20, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Here is the manuscript of the sermon I preached this morning at Pilgrim UCC here in Durham. For many of us, text messaging is a part of life. There’s much of what comes with sending texts that works for me. I like being able to send and receive messages that don’t require I answer...

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    wild goose ride

    by  • June 27, 2012 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    A number of years ago a woman named Martha, who went to school with me at Nairobi International School (NIS) when we were both in ninth grade, contacted as many of us as she could and compelled us to get together again. The invitation was too good to turn down: I had not seen...

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    lenten journal: hey, white people

    by  • March 28, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    yeah, I’m talking to meyou, too – and anyonewho never had to worryabout being followed stopped or accusedbecause of our skinwho never thoughttwice about a hoodiemaking us a threatlisten right nowwe need to listendon’t speak of what the boy might have done wrongdon’t explainmake excuses oroffer solutionsjust listenfor a long timewe have muchyet to...

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    lenten journal: spice route

    by  • March 23, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Last night as we were getting ready for the Cocoa Cinnamon tasting, Leon had a plastic bottle filled with sand from the Sahara he had brought home from time spent in Tunisia and Morocco. He poured some into a brass Turkish coffee pot and let us touch it. The sand was somehow fine and...

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    lenten journal: here’s another picture

    by  • March 23, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Many years ago, I wrote a song that began, “Here’s another picture of love . . . ” Tonight, we added several more photographs to that album as Areli and Leon from Cocoa Cinnamon did a coffee, tea, and chocolate tasting at our house as a way of preparing us for the awesome coffee...

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    lenten journal: encouragaing words

    by  • March 12, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Durham is the most encouraging place I have ever lived. This is a city full of people who pull for each other, which is good because it’s also a city full of people with dreams and things they want to see happen. In our town of about a quarter of a million people we...

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    allergies and acceptance

    by  • February 8, 2012 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    If you press me, I’ll tell you my favorite Paul Simon record is one of his least known: Hearts and Bones. I’m in the minority because it’s his least known record, I think, other than the soundtrack from his Broadway show. Nevertheless, it’s one I can listen to over and over. I thought about...

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    an earring of hope

    by  • January 18, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Today is Steve Earle’s birthday. I’ve been listening to his songs all day, which is not so different from many other days, just more purposed. I love both his music and his story: he is a living testament to hope and redemption. One of my favorite tunes is “Some Dreams,” which was used as...

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