CHRISTMAS STORY: Joy Will Come
“I don’t want to have a tree this year,” said Mom. “I just don’t.” And that was the end of it. No more discussion. “No whining, no moaning, no complaining. Please respect my wishes.” Emily and Emry understood why. They’d just learned that their dad’s tour of duty had been extended. Four more months in Afghanistan. They still didn’t know why, though they knew it had happened to other families over the years. The bottom line was Dad would not be home for Christmas. Continue reading….
PRAYER for Immigrant Families
Those of us gathered here this evening know it is long past time to reform the United States immigration system. We know the system, as it stands, leads to unnecessary harassment, racial profiling, and violence against innocent people. We know the system, as it stands, creates confusion, fear and anger. We know the system, as it stands, breaks up families, tears parents from their children in the dead of night, weakens communities, incarcerates and deports hard-working, tax-paying people. It is time to bring this racist, fear-based, inhuman system to an end and replace it with a more fair, more pragmatic, more just, more compassionate, more humane immigration system. Continue reading….
12th ANNUAL HARTFORD TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
We have work to do. Oh, how I wish we didn’t. Oh, how I wish we already lived in a world where the rigid rules of gender didn’t apply, didn’t matter so much, weren’t enforced with the murderous brutality we bear witness to this evening. Oh, how I wish we already lived in a world free of that soul-crushing gender binary, free of that spirit killing either/or, free of that put-us-in-a-box-from–birth question, “is it a boy or a girl?” Oh, how I wish we already lived in a world where human beings could simply be who they are—who they are in their hearts, in their minds, in their souls—without fear of reprisal, without having to watch their step, without having to wonder, am I safe? without having to face rejection and bullying, without having to lose their families, their churches, their schools, their neighborhoods. Oh, how I wish. Continue reading…. or watch video:
SERMON: On the Meaning of “Multigenerational”
I do know at least one thing. There’s a clear distinction between implementing an excellent religious education program for children and youth, and building and sustaining a vibrant, loving multigenerational community. They are related, but not the same. Implementing the religious education program is the primary responsibility of the DRE and the Religious Education Committee. Building and sustaining a vibrant, loving multigenerational community is the responsibility of all of us. Continue reading….
OCTOBER 28th OP ED with REV. CORNELL LEWIS and RABBI DONNA BERMAN in the HARTFORD COURANT
There are many deeply troubling things about the murder of Trayvon Martin, not least of which is that, three months after George Zimmerman was found innocent, we seem to have stopped troubling ourselves about it. You remember what happened. Trayvon, a 17-year-old boy, was walking home one night in Sanford, Fla., in February 2012 and was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch coordinator for the gated community in which the murder occurred. America’s long simmering racial tensions erupted. People rallied all across America, calling for justice. And, then, silence. Continue reading….