Monthly Archives: June 2020

COVID-19 and Some Massachusetts Towns and Cities

Look! Data about the towns along route 117 in Massachusetts — and the city of Chelsea, the COVID-19 epicenter of Massachusetts. Many people there live crowded together, and they do all the kinds of work that put them in the … Continue reading

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Level with Me, part 4

A few days ago, I attended an online anti-racism conference of church people in a denomination not my own. It was open to the world at large and I was curious. In the zoom tic-tac-toe window I saw the same … Continue reading

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Level with Me, part 3

In the antiracism trainings of the 80s and 90s, we talked not only about our family circumstances, but also structural inequalities. We talked about redlining and about the shutting out of African Americans from desirable union jobs, for example, and … Continue reading

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Level with Me, part 2

I am trying to remember what anti-racism training was like in the 80s. We did use the same term, anti-racism training. But in those days we (white Episcopalians) did not talk about dismantling anything, but we all set to to … Continue reading

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Level with Me, part 1

Come on, O Lord God my Heavenly Father. You know and I know: Nothing changes. Human beings don’t improve, not for real, not permanently. About the best that can be said is that we sometimes fade into each other and … Continue reading

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Whose Voices Do You Listen To? part 2

Did you listen to all the sermons? What caught your attention? What mattered to you? Here are three things that spoke to me: This statement: “Eternal life is to know God.” Is that it? Is it that simple? I felt … Continue reading

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Whose Voices Do You Listen To? part 1

A gift of COVIDtide: you can attend church after church after church through the means of online services. I do realize that, puzzlingly, this is not everyone’s cup of tea, and, it’s true, you can’t be physically present in the … Continue reading

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A Bishop Said

Here’s what one of Your bishops says: As an ELCA Lutheran, we believe that the Bible is a vessel and that through it God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the … Continue reading

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Fifty Years and Eight Minutes

Watching news stories that could be from 50 years ago. Calls for white people to remake ourselves will not succeed any better now than they did 50 years ago. The need to belittle others, abuse them, and brutalize them, seems … Continue reading

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Closer to You

I used to want to draw closer to You, and I thought that death would be the best thing of all, because it would carry me into Your embrace forever. When I was feeling low, I would pray Don’t leave … Continue reading

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