Endurance and Hope

Tuesday, July 7

This post was provided by Heather Beckett

 

 

Strength, Courage, & Wisdom

by India Arie

 

 

 

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Saturday, July 4

This post was provided by Michele McIntyre

 

 

The Blessing

written by Kari Jobe, Steven Furtick, Chris Brown, and Cody Carnes

performed by various people of faith in and around New York City

 

 

 

The LORD said to Moses:

Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them:

The LORD bless you and keep you!

The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!

The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!

(Numbers 6:22-26)

Thursday, July 2

This post was provided by Father Desmond Drummer

Ryan Gravel, the visionary behind the Atlanta Beltline, reimagines Stone Mountain Park. Access the full article at The Guardian and share it with your neighbors, friends, and family. 

 

Excerpts from

What we can do now about Stone Mountain's 150ft Confederate carving?

by Ryan Gravel & Scott Morris

 

 

"The sculpture is an irreparable scar on an ancient mountain with a long history of habitation and use by indigenous people. More blatantly offensive, however, is the sculpture’s undeniable reverence for hate and violence and the honor it bestows on the generals, who, by definition, were American traitors."

Full text of the article available at The Guardian.

 

"The story of the sculpture’s “heritage” began one November night in 1915, 50 years after the end of the American civil war. Fifteen men burned a cross atop the mountain and marked the founding of the modern Ku Klux Klan. The next year, Samuel Venable, a Klansman and quarry operator who owned the property, deeded its north face to the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), which planned the original carving. They commissioned the work to a Klan sympathizer – a sculptor named Gutzon Borglum, who after quitting the project in 1925, would go on to carve Mount Rushmore."

Full text of the article available at The Guardian.

 

"Today, with that perspective as our starting place, we must begin to transform Stone Mountain Park into a more aspirational symbol for our future. That will take time, but to set the tone for that dialogue, here are four things we can do now."

Full text of the article available at The Guardian.

 

"The public lands of Georgia must reflect a more accurate history of our people, and they must inspire in us a more aspirational view toward our future."

Full text of the article available at The Guardian.

 

1. Stop cleaning the sculpture

"We should allow growth to also overtake the sculpture’s many clefts and crinkles as they naturally collect organic material and allow moss and lichen to obscure its details." See the full article for more details. 

 

2. Stop mowing the lawn

"Allow the Memorial Lawn to grow into a forest [...] A major problem with Stone Mountain is the formal, triumphant view of the sculpture, making the entire park a celebration of white supremacy." See the full article for more details. 

 

3. Update the park's identity 

"Conduct a quick re-evaluation of all the names, signage, narrative, flags and iconography throughout the park and remove all problematic references, including the names of streets and lakes, programming and online content." See the full article for more details. 

 

4. Plan a new park

"Consider an international design competition that refocuses the 3,200-acre park around its namesake geological feature and transforms it into a new symbol of peace and reconciliation." See the full article for more details. 

 

Read the full article at The Guardian and share it! 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 30

This post was provided by Deacon Fred Toca

 

True Love of God

by Deacon Troy Smith

 

If we are asked whom is it that we love most in the world, how do we respond? Our natural response is going to be our spouse, our children, our parents…

In today’s gospel (Matthew 10:37-42) we are told that whoever loves another (including family) more than GOD is unworthy of GOD’s love and comfort. On the surface and in our secular minds we might as well throw up our hands, give up, but not so fast.

GOD makes it abundantly clear that whatever we do to HIM, whatever we give to HIM – is equal to what we do and give to others. GOD’s word is not confusing, we are confusing HIS word on our own – it is us. My friends, when we love GOD first we love all HIS people including our families. He created us to be a family of all HIS creatures. Well, we humans messed that up pretty good, What do you think? We don’t have to look much farther than having to fight to say that “BLACK LIVES MATTER.” GOD measures our love of HIM by our love for each other. How do we measure up?

He measures our love by a “cup of cold water” offered to the thirsty child. That cup of cool water represents the dignity of every person. That cup of cool water is social justice, racial justice, criminal justice and all the other justices that “just us” seem to be without.

Christ suffers as the wounded and the neglected. Christ is in the chokehold of George Floyd and the fatal gunshot wounds of Rayshard Brooks. Christ is locked in the cage with the fleeing immigrant children. Jesus is the homeless and poor.

GOD’s message is clear. To be worthy of GOD, we are called to show worth to all of HIS creation. Absolutely all lives matter, GOD makes that abundantly clear. And the world is not listening, which is why we must shout “BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

We are seeking understanding in injustices that continue to disrupt our lives. And it is by knowing how loved we are by GOD and by sharing that love that we find our answers.

 

Deacon Troy Smith serves at St. Raymond & St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, June 27

This post was provided by Lyndon Batiste

 

 

 

The Making of Malala Yousafzai

by The New York Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, June 25

This post was provided by Monica Woodson

 

We need to start thinking outside the box. This short film is a great start. Peace and Love.

- Monica Woodson

 

 

I Am NOT Black, You are NOT White

by Prince Ea

 

 

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Tuesday, June 23

This post was provided by Pat Jeter

 

The Archdiocese of Atlanta assembled excerpts from homilies and messages on Pentecost Sunday to amplify the voices of the priests who spoke out against the sin of racism after the killing of George Floyd. 

 

 

Pentecost Homilies against Racism and Violence

in the Archdiocese of Atlanta