8623_653430114669251_829860684_nLifelines to Healing, Michelle Alexander and CCDA team up for a great discussion around mass incarceration and the great work we have ahead of us and the role we as people of faith play in being the change we want to see.

“Many of us have a deep sense that the world is not as it should be. Broken relationships. Divided communities. Poverty and violence in our neighborhoods. . .

The good news is that God longs to work through us to help restore things to the way they were intended to be. In the language of the Old Testament, this wholeness is called shalom—a state where nothing is missing and nothing is broken.”

More info about the CCDA here: http://www.ccda.org/about

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“Throwing out lifelines at Megafest”

 

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“Hangin with Bishop James Nelson & Stephen Powell at Lifelines Megafest catalyst dinner.”

 

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“Wow! Check out the crowd of MEN!!! at Megafest – signing up to join the PICO Network Lifelines to Heal movement”

 

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More information on Megafest here: http://tdjakes.org/allaccess/

 

More information on Lifelines to healing here: http://www.lifelinestohealing.org/

I am not a threat. I am the future,” said 12-year old Donald Mouton during the Stockton, California prayer rally and send-off for the California leg of the Lifelines to Healing bus tour.

Last week, as the nation neared the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, Lifelines to Healing leaders boarded buses from four corners of this country. Bus-riders included college students, clergy, returning citizens and parents who lost children to gun violence.  As we headed to Washington, D.C., our goal was not only to commemorate a dream, but to ignite a movement to realize that dream in our generation.

Check out and share photos, videos and news articles of this powerful week!

In Sanford, Florida, Oakland, California and Newtown Connecticut, we stopped to honor lives lost to gun violence – holding prayer vigils in the hometowns of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and the slain students and teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary.

We witnessed healing take form in the impromptu pick-up basketball game between a group of young men and the police from Camden, New Jersey. We saw dedication embodied in Robert Bryant, an 80-year old retired history teacher participating in the lengthy night walk in Camden, New Jersey, because of his passion to keep his community safe.

We embraced unity as our California bus-riders joined the PICO California pilgrims – aspiring Americans walking 285 miles for citizenship – praying together at the women’s prison in Chowchilla, California.

And we experienced hope in Donald Mouton as he said, “I have a dream when they see me, they will see God. Because God is in me, and I am love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I am not a threat. I am the future.”

The Lifelines to Healing bus tour was also featured in Jet magazine, the front pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Denver Post. Click here to read those articles and more.

www.lifelinestohealing.org/news/report-back-national-bus-tour

Indeed, we are all God’s children – we are all the future. Let the Healing begin.

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Check out this Op-Ed from Pastor Michael McBride, Director of the Lifelines to Healing Campaign.

 

“As we enter the week of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, the seminal public expression of the 20th century Civil Rights Movement, stark reminders remain that display the magnitude of our nation’s unfinished business. There has been undeniable progress in policy and access to opportunity for historically disenfranchised communities of color. And yet, poverty, violence, incarceration, immigration reform, racism, economic injustice and political paralysis continue to serve as perpetual obstacles to a fully inclusive society capable of delivering an inter-related social contract that widens the circle of concern. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us all of America’s promissory note of fairness and opportunity being tantamount to a check being returned to its sender marked with insufficient funds. He was right 50 years ago… and he is still right today.

On April 19, 1971, Gil Scott-Heron recorded an iconic song called “The Revolution Will Not BeTelevised.” In an interview during the ’90s, he said, “That song was about your mind. You have to change your mind before you change the way you live and the way you move… The thing that’s going to change people will be something that no one will ever be able to capture on film. It will just be something you see and all of a sudden you realize ‘I’m on the wrong page.'” This eternal truth is expressed in the Wisdom Literature of scripture when Proverbs 23:7 declares: “As a person thinks in their heart, so are they.” Jesus says in Matthew 6:21, “Where your treasure is, your heart will be there also.” In this context, I understand Jesus saying, “What you value, you will love!”

Read full Op-Ed on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pastor-michael-mcbride/the-next-great-revolution_b_3806635.html

 

 

Watch  the forum with the Rev. Michael McBride, the service, and the sermon delivered by the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Cathedral.

Pastor Mike McBride Speaking at the National Cathedral with Dean Gary Hall

Blessed event at The National Cathedral with Dean Rev. Gary Hall, discussing “Faith, Race and the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Pastor Mike McBride and Dean Gary Hall at the National Cathedral on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Pastor Mike McBride and Dean Gary Hall at the National Cathedral on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary National Cathedral

Pastor Mike McBride and Dean Gary Hall at the National Cathedral on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

 

On the march to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington!
Join the movement & text “Lifelines” to #69866

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Stop in Atlanta

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Stop in Atlanta

 

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Leaving Morehouse University

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Leaving Morehouse College

 

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Stop at Duke University

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Stop at Duke University

 

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Panel on Mass Incarceration and Gun Violence

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Panel on Mass Incarceration and Gun Violence

Join the movement & text “Lifelines” to #69866

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour 2013

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour 2013 – Kick Off in Miami

In the week leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, Lifelines to Healing is embarking on a 15-city national bus tour that will culminate in Washington, D.C. Lifelines to Healing is a campaign of the PICO National Network.

Convened in direct response to the outcry following the unjust killing of Trayvon Martin, the tour will build awareness around the persistent disparities that exist between King’s dream and the realities of being a person of color in 2013.

People of faith will travel across the country training, praying and building a movement to humanize and value the lives of all of God’s children.

Find out how you can get involved in the tour.

Across the country, people of faith are already leading campaigns to create safer communities through sensible gun laws, and other measures to keep youth of color from filling up our jails and prisons, and working to create more educational and employment opportunities in the communities that need those opportunities most.

In 1963, Dr. King called on America to understand the “fierce urgency of now” and challenged the nation to move toward a path of racial justice.  Today, Pastor Michael McBride, who leads Lifelines to Healing, is challenging the nation to truly value black and brown life.

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Join the movement & text “Lifelines” to #69866

Lifelines to Healing Bus Tour in the Press:

Miami Times: “Get on the bus for jobs, youth, and pride”

Jet Magazine: Bus Tour Celebrates March On Washington

OaklandCommunity.org: Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Kickoff and Rally