Ellen Degeneres speaks out about the bullying of GLBT kids

Nothing is worth being silent about these tragedies. The suicides of young GLBT people, particularly when induced by bullying, are modern-day crucifixions.

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Lament for a Son

A tragic death has occurred in my family. On Monday night, my wife Kathleen and I found out that her brother, Christopher, died suddenly. We have flown up to Albany, New York to be with her family this week.

Both Kathleen and I would appreciate your thoughts, prayers, texts, phone calls, and support.

The Breakfast Song, by the Reverend Cleo in Tupelo, MS

In some odd way, this song captures a piece of my theology.

‘Why did he write the song?,’ I must ask, assuming he penned it. This is how I imagine it: the good Reverend Cleo was reading something that quoted nutritionists as saying breakfast was vitally important, but he was able to say, to himself and to us, that he knew about something more important than breakfast, and when we encounter this bigger reality (our Home, where God resides and to which God calls us), breakfast won’t matter at all.

As much as I love my mixed fruit, something in me got up and danced while watching this. All I could say was, “Amen.”

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Props to Robert Rutherford,  my dear friend, for showing me this video.

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Palestinian family grieves the killing of 13-year-old

ei: Family grieves killing of 13-year-old

A Palestianian woman in Gaza, next to rubble created by the Israeli military, for her sitting pleasure, I assume.

A Palestianian woman in Gaza, next to rubble created by the Israeli military, for her sitting pleasure, I assume.

I’ve heard that this is the first time in recorded history that war has been declared against a strip of land enclosed within a fence. The Israeli treatment of the people in Gaza in unacceptable and morally repugnant. I am ashamed that the United States has supported the repression of the Palestinians for so long.