I meant to post this yesterday, but there was just no time! How can anyone today talk about anything but the fact that we are in times of great joy and great sadness? I am struck by the tension of two things today: the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage, but also the funeral... Read More →
Yesterday, I had the privilege of testifying before a committee at GC78. With shaking knees and trembling hands, I let the Holy Spirit pour forth these words: “God works in mysterious ways. But sometimes, God smacks us upside the head and says pay attention. Trayvon Martin.... Read More →
On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for the freedom of more than 3 million black slaves in the United States and recasts the Civil War as a fight against slavery.
The proclamation was a presidential order and not a law passed by Congress, so Lincoln then pushed for an antislavery amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ensure its permanence. With the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, slavery was eliminated throughout America (although blacks would face another century of struggle before they truly began to gain equal rights).
Lincoln’s handwritten draft of the final Emancipation Proclamation was destroyed in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, the original official version of the document is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. ... See MoreSee Less