I am usually not one who cries. Really. But Friday was quite a day. While ironing my pants and getting dressed for the day, I went to check the time on my phone. An update from my POLITICO app announced the big news – “The Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision that same-sex... Read More →
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 →
General Convention Self-Care Or: Contemplating the level of sacrilege involved in switching communal wine with shots of espresso. This schedule, dear friends, is no joke. Throw in a few extra shifts at the EPF booth each day and attempts to eat, and it’s a wonder anyon... 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 →
God I thank you for the gifts of today* This morning I was honored to be able to participate in the Bishop’s March Against Gun Violence. The past few years have been ones of change and growth and my opinions on this issue have certainly changed with me. Looking at me now,... Read More →
“Out of the deep I call unto who thee oh Lord consider well the sound of my longing soul”. This quote was song we sang as we marched in the streets of Salt Lake City, this morning against gun violence. This march was one of the most powerful experiences I have been... Read More →
As we celebrate the election of the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, let’s not lose sight of all of the important issues that will be discussed and decided in the coming days. Yesterday I heard so many brave voices speak in favor of making available the Rite... Read More →
In 2003 I volunteered with Equality California to knock on doors in my Los Angeles neighborhood to talk about marriage equality. Even though I was then (and still am) single and expect to marry a person of the opposite gender it seemed like an obvious decision. Why should we deny... 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 →
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