Jun 20, 2015

Connected: Charleston (stream of consciousness)

It seems I know these people. Don't many of us feel that? I've worshipped in Charleston.

All my life I've known the vibe of an A.M.E. Church on a Sunday morning. We call ourselves a "connectional" denomination, the "sons and daughters of Richard and Sarah Allen." I've leaned on that connection when traveling to different U.S. cities.

I'm just rambling here. This post isn't intended to be demoninational-ist, if I may coin a phrase. I've just been feeling that connection today -- to my grandmother Gray, my great aunts, my Sunday School teacher ... the liberationist history of the A.M.E. church, my brothers and sisters and friends in Charleston.

Dec 26, 2014

Let's Keep Christmas Going!

So many have posted on Facebook their accounts -- in words and in pictures -- of Christmas day celebrations with family and friends. It's heartening to know that everyone is not jaded, to know that our hope is strong, our desire for kinship is not fading. We love each other's company. We need each other. Let's keep Christmas going!

Dec 24, 2014

Say, Yes! to The Christmas Spirit

(originally posted 12/24/09)

This time of year, it's popular -- and in my opinion, pointless -- to complain that people are only being nice to one another because it's Christmastime. You hear, "I'll be glad when Christmas is over so people can act like themselves again.” And, "Why do people have to wait 'til Christmas to be nice to each other? It won't last."

So what if we suspend reality for a few days or weeks around Christmas? The good feelings that are exchanged among co-workers; the easing up of hostilities; the rediscovered warmth among family members; the smiles (and eye contact!) between strangers; the attention we give each other; the surprises -- offered and received -- that tickle us; the uninterrupted laughing; the staying up late; the airport runs to pick up those coming home; the get-togethers with best pals; all this confirms our humanity and our humankindness. It makes our hearts stronger and our spirits more like Christ's. All this gives us the fuel and assurance to move on through our days of haste and drudge and deadlines; and we excitedly look toward the same time next year when we can open up ourselves again and let our guard down, knowing we won't be the only ones. Day-to-day life is unpredictable. So, yes, we need a little -- a whole lot of -- Christmas!