As I previously reported, this morning began with an attempt to liberate the bathrooms of the General Convention. This effort was a peaceful attempt to protest the experience of being ostracized I nearly always experience when trying to use the restroom in public. I initiated... Read More →
A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of... Read More →
When I ask you to name a place of violence, where does your mind go? Is it to Charleston, the Middle East, schoolyards full of bullies or prisons? These jump to mind because the word ‘violence’ is often reduced to a direct physical assault on a persons’ flesh. Yet in my... Read More →
Today I had the opportunity to testify on a solid, albeit somewhat milquetoast resolution urging the Episcopal Church to work for a greater sense of togetherness around issues of peace in the Middle East. It is not remotely as controversial as the resolutions calling for... Read More →
Yesterday morning I was blessed to attend a committee hearing addressing two issues very near and dear to my heart – Appalachian ministry and gun violence. Resolution D024 moved to express support and recommend continued funding for EAM -Episcopal Appalachian Ministries. My... Read More →
General Convention has already been a learning experience and it is only officially day 1! When I arrived on Tuesday I was very overwhelmed mostly because it was a long travel day, but also because I was extremely nervous. I am the youngest delegate in this group and that was a... Read More →
You go somewhere you haven’t been before. You raise your hand to make a comment in a room of strangers (or acquaintances [or people you love dearly]) that you know might be off-putting to some. You read a book from a perspective you’ve not encountered before. ... Read More →
It has been less than 48 hours since my journey began, and I cannot believe the physical, mental, and spiritual distance I have traveled. The mountains pierced the sky, standing in sharp juxtaposition to my soft Blue Ridge Mountains. Hard to believe that there could still be... Read More →
God I thank you for the gifts of today.* When I first heard that I was going to be able to attend General Convention I immediately started to make a list of the things that I would need to do before I arrived. Many of these were things that anyone going to convention might... Read More →
It might seem like being proud and being nervous might not go together – but today those two emotions were the main emotions that I felt. I am proud of so many people! I am proud to be a member of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. I am very proud of each of the Young Adult... 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