PRIDE

There is POWER in solidarity –

“An important element of this new power is that it is not power for the sake of personal gain, but power for the sake of all the oppressed, ignored, forgotten, and exploited members of society. The powerless are recouping power . . . the power of the gospel, which works for the betterment and liberation of all, especially those in greatest need.” cac.org

June is PRIDE ūüĆą month.¬† Part of the celebration is recognizing that equality is not freely given without bloodshed, heartache and tears even in a democratic society.¬† Each of the oppressed, ignored, forgotten, and exploited members of society has paid the dues to rise above inherent societal intolerance, ignorance, and hatred.¬† We agree to love ourselves as created and then expect the same love from others.¬† Black or white, any shade in between, short or gangly, genius or challenged, flighty or pragmatic, artistic or color-blind, wealthy or poor all belong in the grand scheme as devised by the all-knowing Creator.

The LGBTQ+ community understands this, has realized enormous gains in recent years.  However, that progress is not guaranteed and not free.  Transparency in who we are as people, as lovers, as neighbors, as workers, and as activists ensures that our rights will not go away at the whim of a repressive political system or religion.

This is why PRIDE month is important.  The parades and celebrations, fun and colorful, are merely the tip of the iceberg.  The legacy we leave for future generations is dependent on the actions we take today to inform the world,

“Here I am, love me or hate me; it’s OK because I am a child of this Universe, the same Oneness that has created all of us in the image of goodness and mercy.”

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BLACKOUT

There is POWER in solidarity –

“An important element of this new power is that it is not power for the sake of personal gain, but power for the sake of all the oppressed, ignored, forgotten, and exploited members of society. The powerless are recouping power . . . the power of the gospel, which works for the betterment and liberation of all, especially those in greatest need.” cac.org

SOLIDARITY

WE ARE ONE HUMANITY ALL LOVED BY THE ONE NAMED GOD.

Matters not whom one prays to, the color of one’s skin, or whether one lives in Minneapolis or Memphis – WE ARE ALL ONE UNDER ONE GOD. Is that so difficult to understand?

“AS YOU DO UNTO THE LEAST OF THESE, YOU ALSO DO TO ME.”

LORD, bring us together

emptiness is beckoning
waiting to fill our
thoughts with your magnificence.
your brilliance transcends
our concerns for today,
lifts us to eternity,
to a place beyond ,
a place of peace,
love,
forgiveness,
hope,
tolerance.

gather us in your dwelling place
together as one,
together in spirit,
together in brotherhood.
fuse our differences,
kindle our fires of love,
show us the truth
we are as one in your warmth,
show us the way to eternity,
shelter us in your magnificence.

release our cares,
release our hatred,
release our souls
from the confines
of human toil.
release our pettiness,
release our prejudice,
release our souls
from the confines of ego.

wrap us in your brilliance
cover us with understanding
lead us to peace,
to tolerance,
to love,
lead us to the eternity
that dwells within
lead us to wisdom,
to forgiveness,
to your magnificence
to your power.

FLASHBACK: 1970

Recently a family member threw a term (not a term of endearment) on me which was common and expected back in the protest era of the 1960s and 70s.  My broad shoulders back then and determination to live my life as my conscience dictated deflected comments and words meant to belittle and diminish.  Our cause became a mantra for equality in the courts of law and acceptance in our communities.  I thought we had made great strides.  But the election of 2016 exposed through the candidacy and subsequent election of Trump an America still saddled with bigotry, hatred, and intolerance for people like myself who follow the beat of a different drummer.

Thank God I am at an age when I truly don’t give a rat’s butt what others think of me.¬† It’s a blessing.¬† But insensitive language from a family member still hits home.¬† As a¬† society which promotes itself as the bastion of egalitarianism and tolerance, which claims to be the greatest¬†people of the world, which boasts the largest Christian population anywhere, perhaps it is time to evaluate and do a self-inventory.¬† Are we what we think we are?¬† Is there honesty within us or do we deceive ourselves?

I have found peace through a lifestyle which teaches an inner search to truth and enlightenment.¬† It is not found in the church I attend or the people with whom I associate.¬† It’s an inside job which painful names or hurtful people cannot touch.¬† That revelation within continues to tell me, even when behavior and speech of others attack, that we are indeed a universal brotherhood dependent on each member of this earth’s humanity, dependent on a healthy ecosystem, and equal in all respects.

“Solidarity: I am you, you are me, we are one.”

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The current political atmosphere and social divisiveness are a test of what America truly is as a people.¬† Our responses to the challenges we face will determine if this great experiment of ours is real or merely a flash in the pan as so ¬†many great societies before us.¬† Let’s celebrate Flag Day remembering that¬†our ‘red, white, and blue’¬†represents all of us, not just those who have assumed an exclusive and intolerant brand of patriotism.