Pierced to the Heart

Freedom of religion should never be compromised because the sword of fear and overreaction can cut two ways.

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While Asleep

One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. Mathew 13:25 Good News Translation (GNT) While asleep, have our voices become silent to the cries of the Disenfranchised. Are we too mesmerized by the voices of hyperbole? Do we understand the real realities of Americans who … Continue reading

Race, Thoughts, Voices, Attitudes: The Conversation Continues- Accord1

“The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.” Audre Lorde

Christmas in Living Color

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there … Continue reading

A Nation Divided?

Originally posted on accord1:
  In a nation divided among imaginary lines of Ideology, class, gender, ethnicity, skin color, etc., the temptation exists to run away with any one of the many sound bites. These sound bites outline a season of politics that stands as nothing more than a dog and pony show to see…

Everybody Loves The Sunshine

Everybody loves the sunshine, sunshine, Everybody loves the sunshine, sunshine, Folk’s get down in the sunshine, sunshine Folk’s get brown in the sunshine   Everybody Loves the Sunshine by Roy Ayers album released 1976 With the approach of summer, the days get longer and brighter. In the northern hemisphere at summers arrival, we notice that  humankind … Continue reading

Won’t you be My Neighbor?

“What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?”“The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded. Jesus said, “Go and do the same Luke 10:25-37 The Message (MSG) The Jews typically interpreted “neighbor,” meaning “one who is near,” in terms of members of the same … Continue reading

Make My Brown Eyes Blue

Orinionally posted by accord1 on September 16, 2011 I was speaking to a woman the other day, whom was a beautiful senior with great wit and sensitivity which seemed to cloak the tinged despair in her voice.  She, by the occasion of her age, had been raised in a different era and apparently had a dissimilar … Continue reading

Strike a Pose II: Posture, Attitude, and Cultural Implications

  After deciding to attend the church service in South Africa, he came across a racial barrier, the church barred his way at the door. “Where do you think you’re going, kaffir?” an English man asked Gandhi in a belligerent tone. Gandhi replied, “I’d like to attend worship here.” The church elder snarled at him, … Continue reading

Tsunami of Change: The Re-Coloring of America

Post origionally guest posted June 1rst on the Christian-Students-of-Conscience Blog Note by Robert Chao Romero Asian-Latino professor of Chican@ Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA and a pastor:  The Census Bureau reported last month that 50.4 percent of all children born in the United States are now Latino, Asian, African American, or mixed-race!  In fact, minorities … Continue reading