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A call for Disciples in this time of violence

July 8, 2016 Dear Church, The nation is reeling from the shock of the violent loss of lives over the last three days, which has resulted in confusion and a sense of hopelessness. Our grief for the families of the victims, for many of us, is unbearable. “Thus says the Lord, ‘A voice is heard […]

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Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins
Poisonous threads of racism

This blog entry originally appeared in TIME Ideas. Recently I posted a prayer. It was in response to the events in Baltimore: a young black man is mortally injured while in police custody. Citizens take to the streets. On the day of the funeral, the protests turn violent. My prayer was for all: those who […]

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Posted on May 1, 2015
Filed under: General, Sharon's Blog
A Pastoral Letter and Call to Action:  Journey to Ferguson

Lent 2015 In the six months following the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, many of us have struggled to understand what we see on television, in newspapers, and through social media and the internet. Not reported or highlighted, is the involvement of churches and […]

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Boy, do I need Advent!

Boy, do I need Advent this year! I need a respite from the commercial “Christmas season” where the sacred and the secular collide and stay awkwardly entangled for weeks – where good will and generosity struggle with crass consumerism – where the birth of love into the world is reduced to “Jingle Bells”… My soul […]

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Posted on December 9, 2014
Filed under: Sharon's Blog
Expectations: Ferguson decision

What did you expect? by the Rev. Dr. Timothy James, administrative secretary of the National Convocation The grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed the unarmed Black teenager, Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. This decision brought to mind the death of Trayvon Martin afresh. As an African American […]

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Posted on November 25, 2014
Filed under: General, Office of the General Minister and President