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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

 

 

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.

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Instagram

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

Screen Shot 2013-08-04 at 8.16.29 PMIn 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.

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

Lifelines to Healing Bus Tour

Northeastern Route

Southeastern Route

Midwestern Route

California Route

Boston (8/19)
Hartford/Newtown (8/20)
NYC (8/21)
Philadelphia (8/22)
Baltimore (8/23)
DC (8/23)
Miami (8/19)
Orlando/Sanford (8/20)
Atlanta (8/21)
Durham (8/22)
DC (8/23)
Denver (8/18)
Kansas City (8/19)
Indianapolis (8/20)
Cincinnati (8/21)
Columbus (8/22)
DC (8/23)
Oakland (8/20)
Chowchilla (8/21)
Stockton
Fresno
Los Angeles (8/24)


You can also follow the tour and join the conversation here:
 

 

Christian Atheism

July 24, 2013 — Leave a comment

veneer_302Amazing op-ed by Dr. J. Kameron Carter!!!

“Professor Anthea Butler has caught much flack recently for arguing in a post here on RD that the George Zimmerman verdict exposes that a god-complex, tied to and articulated as white supremacy, remains powerfully at work within U.S. society. She’s right, of course. In putting on the table the question of how religion relates to the verdict, how religion has been operative under the radar, so to speak, inside of the verdict, and how religion is the larger horizon of the shooting and subsequent trial, Dr. Butler has done us all a profound service.

But as a theologian or a Christian intellectual, I want to up the ante on her provocative and important analysis and propose that the only moral, ethical, and religious response worth its salt to the Zimmerman verdict is to be atheist.”

Full article can be read: http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/atheologies/7204/christian_atheism__the_only_response_worth_its_salt_to_the_zimmerman_verdict

 

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The verdict in the Zimmerman/Martin case has ignited a national conversation on race, humanity, violence and justice.  We are compelled by our faith to proclaim that the value of life among our young men has greatly been diminished.  And people of faith have something to say about it! We are calling on everyone across the country to PREACH, PRAY and ACT to heal our nation. 

This toolkit is designed to give Clergy and Faith Leaders action steps to implement in congregations and communities.

PREACH

Hoody Sabbaths/Holy Days – Lead your congregation from the pulpit in prayer, reflection and worship on designated Hoody Sabbaths/Holy Days.

Shape your pulpit messages around scriptures that allow congregants to understand better the theological implications for the injustice that pervades our community and what God is doing about it. Give a call for action that is grounded in a desire to please God and fulfill God’s plan for a just world.

Preach with young people in mind. Preach about what their faith teaches regarding life and living in accordance to the tenets of their beliefs. Preach hope; let them know that God loves them, believes in them and is preparing a world that will celebrate them.

PRAY

Prayer Circles – Lead your congregation in prayer for our young people, their safety and the blessings of God’s grace and mercy for them, their families and their community.

Organize corporate prayer times within your congregation, your denomination and ministerial community. Center your prayers on God’s call that we act in support of the values central to our faiths – the values of love, life and community wholeness.

Start a prayer chain in your congregation and in the wider community that can unite congregations across faith, denominational, race and place lines. Encourage that we pray for God’s abundant love and peace for our communities and that that love be richly shared on our youth.

Pray for law enforcement and legal community that they hold in their hearts God’s command to always be just and prudent in their dealings with our young people and the communities where they reside.

 

ACT

Public Marches and Night Walks – Lead your congregation in Nightwalks and other organized efforts to move beyond the sanctuary. Take the message of hope to the streets and build a deeper concern for our youth and the sanctity of life.

Register to Vote – This is a movement that must be connected to the larger issue of transforming our country.  LET MY PEOPLE VOTE is a campaign to get us involved in the political process. If there is a PICO federation near you, get involved. Align your congregation with the PICO Network Lifelines To Healing Campaign and LET MY PEOPLE VOTE CAMPAIGNS.

 

Resources for preaching and teaching:

Sample Prayer to end gun violence

Media advisory template

Sample Facebook cover meme

Sample Facebook profile picture

Hoody Sunday 2012 Video Summary

Verdict, Values Op-Ed

The Church Must Be The Conscience of the State Martin Luther King Jr

Another set of shootings in Oakland, one by police of an unarmed teenager… another murdered last night by an unknown assailant. Unacceptable and outrageous!!! #nonviolence #lifelinestohealing

 

Memorial at Newtown

Standing with the Clergy of Newtown: A Letter to the U.S. Senate from American Religious Leaders

CALLING ALL CLERGY! Stand with the Clery of Newtown in asking the Senate for YES votes supporting stronger gun laws.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION NOW!

When the battle makes me weary,
It seems that I’ve lost ground.
It’s so hard to hear Your voice Lord,
With distractions all around.
I try to lift my hands, to give You praise,
But then a spirit of heaviness.
Tries to shield Your face, so I’m saying:
Breathe into me oh Lord, the breath of life.
So that my spirit would be whole,
And my soul made right.
Breathe into me oh Lord, day by day
So that my heart is pure before You, always, always!
– Fred Hammond