Here is the testimony for the second resolution I testified on a few days ago: “I want to begin my testimony in favor of this resolution with a question. Have you ever thought about how much it costs to wash your laundry? If you have your own washer and dryer, given energy... Read More →
Here is my testimony for the first resolution I testified on a few days ago: “Before I came to Los Angeles to work with Seeds of Hope, the food justice ministry of the diocese of Los Angeles, I had never thought about my food privilege. And then I came to Los Angeles as an... Read More →
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 →
This was only my first full day of General Convention…and I am so overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by the work there still is to do in the Church. Overwhelmed by the amount of ministries and people doing this work. And overwhelmed by the fact that there is one thing that unifies all of... 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