(repost) A Southerner Worth Knowing: Septima Clark

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With all our talk about “southern history”, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about aspects of Southern history we often overlook.  In a visit my partner and I made to the Franklinton Center at Bricks, where Civil Rights leaders including Septima Clark worked to organize civil rights work then and now, I was reminded by the long history of Civil Rights work here in the south-land.  Perhaps taking time to remember Septima’s life can be a good reminder of the great work that is a part of our southern heritage, perhaps a better light to look to in these times than Confederate soldiers and their statues.  I hope my sharing a good a devotional I shared about her life in my days of pastoring in Fayetteville, NC, invite you to consider your own faith and values more deeply.

Your progressive redneck preacher,

Micah

One of my hopes…

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I fell into a hole I dug.

The bear is confused by the solar eclipse.

Hello, I am a bear

Digging is one of the more fun activities anybody can do in the forest. If you have movable limbs that are harder than soft soil, you can dig, and you should dig. The rush of cool soil lining the creases of fur between toes makes digging worth the effort and energy.

I learned recently, though, that reckless digging can have some harsh consequences.

I have no idea when I dug the hole that swallowed me whole. It must have been me, however. There is no other creature in the forest who can dig as big of a hole as I can (as you might be able to guess, I tried to blame the deer across the river, but his hooves are more likely to be used to judge me rather a fun activity like digging). I found the hole through a simple walk in the forest. I was staring up…

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Journal Flip Through (June 17 – August 17, 2017)

My Joyous Feature

This is the journal flip through that i just completed. I completed it in two months. As you can see some of the words on the cover of this journal had faded. Inside my journal is the same as always. I decorated the pages with Washi tapes and stickers. I also decorated the inside cover with printout journaling cards and put dots all around. There’s some clips from magazine and catalogs that i used as journal entries. There’s also some collages, wrappers, and other things like the lists of books I’ve read and pockets.

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Mennos dancing with the stars

over and around the rainbow

I can’t tell if Menno Simons (pictured below) is excited about Monday’s solar eclipse or disappointed in our sketch of him. Or maybe he just doesn’t like our reworking of the hymn “Will you let me be your servant.” Blame my friends, Menno, not me.*

menno eclipse II copyWill you let me be 3

*Jesse Graber (drawing); Joanna Harader and Maggie Goble (hymn text); Rosi Penner Kaufman (musical score assistance)

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Witness Statement Re Fire At Bawsey Drain

Witness Statement Re Fire At Bawsey Drain

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INTRODUCTION

I am putting this post up as a witness statement regarding an incident that happened somewhere in the region of one hour ago. 

THE STORY

I went out for a walk, to take some photos and do some thinking. I set out across the upper Purfleet, on to King Street and thence via the Tuesday Market Place and St Nicholas Chapel to the start of the footpath that runs alongside Bawsey Drain as far as Lynnsport. My initial plan was to cross a bridge that leads into a field, head via Kettlewell Lane to the train station, then through the parkland to Seven Sisters, down past the South Gate and across the Nar to hit the Great Ouse by way of Harding’s Pits and thence back into town along the river. However, I was approaching this bridge when I saw white smoke rising from the field on the other…

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Markings and Dag Hammarskjöld: A Secretary-General and the Path of Peace

Shepherding All God's Creatures

“In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.”
Dag Hammarskjöld

Dag Hammarskjöld, secretary-general of the United Nations (1959). Location: United Nations, New York.
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(Introduction written by Kathy Dunn)

We live in a world that is plagued by duality.  We can see signs of the beautiful and magnificent, the wonder of God’s beauty and intention in His created world.  Sometimes, this encompasses slight resemblances of the Shalom He intended, of peace and harmony. Yet less and less can we find this gentle life-giving ambiance.  Next door, we see the age in which we live whereby the natural world and workmanship of the Father’s hand is encroached upon, palpable by modern human dominion, squelched by human civilization that characterizes a world in which man is king.

All of us at some level deep inside our being long for meaning, something greater than us…

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(repost) Partners in our Own and Other’s Deliverance

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In light of recent occurrences of racialized violence here in the south-land, and the failure of key leaders to speak out clearly about the causes of racism, I thought it would be appropriate to share some old posts related to this issue.

Racism — not just expressed in feelings of the heart but also in systems of racial oppression dating back to slavery itself — is to the original sin not just of the south-land but America.  I hope my old reflections challenge and inspire you.  Please feel welcome to share your thoughts on how you are engaging these issues in your circles of influence.

Your progressive redneck preacher,

Micah

lords prayer 5I continue looking at prayers that have both pulled me and others through personal trials and struggles.   In the last several posts I have looked at the Lord’s Prayer itself.

Here are the words of the Lord’s Prayer, as included…

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Whispers of Autumn

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Whispers playing off the breeze
entice us to look closer
at the bouquet of life
rising from summer’s warm hands.
We catch our breath
watching the spectacular
V-formations of birds
readying for their trip south.
Together, we ease into autumn.

©Alexis Rose. Image source: Pexels

Thank you for reading my memoir, Untangled, A Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph

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Give God the Blues

progressiveredneckpreacher

In light of recent occurrences of racialized violence here in the south-land, and the failure of key leaders to speak out clearly about the causes of racism, I thought it would be appropriate to share some old posts related to this issue.

Racism — not just expressed in feelings of the heart but also in systems of racial oppression dating back to slavery itself — is to the original sin not just of the south-land but America.  I hope my old reflections challenge and inspire you.  Please feel welcome to share your thoughts on how you are engaging these issues in your circles of influence.

Your progressive redneck preacher,

Micah

God don’t hate the Muslims
God don’t hate the Jews
God don’t hate the Christians
But we all give God the blues
God don’t hate the atheists
The Buddhists or the Hindus
God loves everybody
But we all give God…

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