A Sermon preached on September 25, 2016 Based on James 2:14-18, The Belhar Confession and The Letter from a Birmingham … Continue reading Credibility Gap
(With gratitude for Martin Luther King, Jr., Odetta and the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures for their inspired and inspiring words.) … Continue reading The speech I wish I had heard
A sermon preached on Matthew 9:1-8 at First Presbyterian Church of Oakland on July 10, 2016 And after getting into … Continue reading Carrying the Paralyzed Man
What does it mean to be a citizen? What does it mean to be a productive participant in our society? There is a checklist and unfortunately, the items on that list have typically been determined by people with privilege – the privilege of whiteness, the privilege of maleness, the privilege of heteronormative lifestyle, the privilege of economic power. Continue reading This Day
…the promise of resurrection seemed like pie in the sky by and by. It was a dream deferred, a thing with feathers that has flown off to perch somewhere else. Continue reading Practicing Hope
(Sermon re-printed here with permission of our 2nd child Calelia Cristian Avery) Am I My Sibling’s Keeper Genesis 4:3-10 Preached on January 31,2015 … Continue reading Am I My Sibling’s Keeper?
People like Pastor Max and his family are the ones who are affected by programs like PEP. It will be pastors, gardeners, child care providers – our neighbors – who will be targeted, apprehended, and put on the deportation path. Continue reading Say “NO” to PEP: Testifying at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors