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Something My Grandfather Seemed to Know About Race and Class

I want to share with you some stories about my father’s father, Stanley J. Pawelek. Grandad Pawelek seemed to know something about race and class that feels extraordinarily important for this moment in American history. He was the oldest of nine … Continue reading

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Instead of Rifles: Reflections on American Violence

    “Wishing I could make you / love you / enough / to carry you / instead of rifles.”  The band is the Cornel West Theory from Washington, DC. The piece, from their 2009 album Second Rome is called “Rifles.” … Continue reading

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Decolonizing Our Faith

READING An excerpt/adaptation from “Queer(y)ing Religious Education: Teaching R(evolutionary) S(ub)-V(ersions)! or Relax! . . . It’s Just Religious Ed” (by Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajaje, Provost and Professor of Cultural Studies and Islamic Studies at the Starr King School for the Ministry) “Decolonizing” [religion] means … Continue reading

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Pastor in Chief

I am a bit skittish about posting this piece. While I write about my involvement in legislative advocacy and social justice work quite a bit, it is rare for me to write about actual politicians, parties or political campaigns. I … Continue reading

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SUPPOSE! The Rev. Alvin O. Jackson

The Rev. Alvin O. Jackson was the preacher at “A Time for Justice,” an MLK remembrance service at Faith Congregational Church in North Hartford this past Monday, January 16th. This event was sponsored by Faith Church, Amistad UCC and the … Continue reading

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War and Peace: A Homily for Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend, 2010

Last year on Martin Luther King weekend I preached a sermon about President Obama’s inauguration. I said it marked the fulfillment of at least a portion of Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream of a nation where people are judged not … Continue reading

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Before You Run For Office: Reflections on Five Years of Sermons

Nobody saw it coming. For six-and-a-half years, somewhere in the vast digital space of the World Wide Web, footage of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s September 16th, 2001 sermon at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago sat on a virtual … Continue reading

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