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“I Can’t Breathe!” – Pentecost Sermon

Like many of you I have watched a wept as over and over again, young black men and women have their breath taken from them as they are murdered in the streets, in their yards, on their porches, and in their beds by the very ones who are sworn to protect and serve them.

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I Can’t Breathe (Racism in America)

“I can’t breathe.” Eric Garner’s last words were echoed this week by George Floyd as his life slipped away. The challenge for us is not to become inured by repetition. This time there was an arrest but immediately the coroner started the cover up saying that Floyd just happened to die from other causes while Derek Chauvin was kneeling on his neck.

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COVID-19 and the Disproportionate Burden on Black Church Communities, with Dr. Keri Day

Dr. Keri Day, Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religion at Princeton Theological Seminary, sits down with Debo and David to discuss the disproportionate effect that COVID-19 has had on black people, its roots in inequality, and what we can do about it.

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The Great Event: Dark Night and Rebirth

I hold in my consciousness two previously unimaginable opposites; on the one hand the possible even likely extinction of humanity and on the other, the potential for our unimaginable birth of a new embodied divine humanity, the mutation realized and resplendent.

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COVID-19 and the Logic of Downturn

Theologian Joerg Rieger talks about why oppressed people have been hit hardest with COVID-19 and why people of faith and theologians should care.

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Bishop Yvette Flunder: Co-Creating with God

WBGH Forum Network presents a lecture with Bishop Flunder on February 28, 2020

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Breasted ONE – reflections for Mother’s Day

John 14:1-14

Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation calls us to repent, to turn away from the systemic evils of the military industrial complex. Pastor Dawn Hutchings, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Mother’s Day 2018, John 17:6-11

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Deya Dova – Return Of The Bird Tribes

Music Video: Deya Dova – Return Of The Bird Tribes

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In His Lifetime Jesus Taught Us

In his lifetime Jesus taught us
To observe and then reflect
On the laws that nature teaches
If we pause and then inspect,

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Sermon Video: Staying Safe and Saving Lives

Sermon Video with Bishop Yvette A. Flunder, City of Refuge UCC on March 8, 2020.

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The Talk Revisited

Prejudice is its own logic, or, at least, it is impervious to logic, evidence, or critical thinking. This week we’ll consider the irrational beliefs behind many of our prejudices.

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The Confessional with Nadia Bolz-Weber

Forget the selfies and social media updates of everyone at their best, three-time New York Times best-selling author Nadia Bolz-Weber’s new podcast, The Confessional, invites guests to share stories about times they were at their worst. Guests talk honestly about what led to that moment, what they learned from it, and how they changed as a result. A former stand-up comic and a recovering alcoholic, Bolz-Weber is a Lutheran Pastor and the founder of House for All Sinners and Saints, in Denver, Colorado.

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Meditations on Stress Relief

During our shelter-in-place it is feels right to gather in Community. So with the help of The Grand Council, Diane and I decided to offer a series of FREE fireside chats and meditations called: Wednesday Evenings with The Grand Council

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For Earth Day: The man who planted 7,500 trees

Meet Charlie Starbuck, a volunteer in San Francisco, locally revered for the thousands of street trees he’s planted. In this free Humankind episode, we also hear from the organization Charlie works with, Friends of the Urban Forest, as well as the city’s official Urban Forester, an employee at the Department of Public Works.

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The Rock by Franklyn Schaefer (Lyric Video)

Franklyn Schaefer is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, arranger and composer. He published his first musical album in 2008 (Keep on Smiling) and has published two more albums and several single songs since.

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The Resurrection of the Earth (Easter Sermon)

The pandemic is almost all that is mentioned in the news and it certainly occupies much of our emotional and mental energy. Sadly, however, the Covid-19 virus might not be the most dangerous thing going on in the world right now.

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Easter Service with United Methodist Church Santa Rosa

Rev. Lori Sawdon Easter Service from First United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa
on behalf of Rev. Lindsey Bell-Kerr, Christ Church Methodist of Santa Rosa

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New Music for Progressive Christianity – “The Trail”

Discover new words for a familiar hymn and a progressive interpretation of the 23rd psalm.
As the world is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, the 23rd psalm seems particularly relevant. Drawing from this psalm, The Trail considers, not so much how we gain protection or deliverance from a powerful God, but rather, how we find comfort and inspiration from a God who is the source of beauty and goodness in the world, even as we go through dark valleys.

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