Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round.....

Two distinct things stuck out for me yesterday as the Supreme Court took up the first of 2 days dealing with Marriage Equality. Ine was a speech given by my Pastor Bishop Yvette Flunder at the Pro Marriage Equality Rally in Washington DC where she appered with her Spouse of 29 years Shirley Miller. I love both of these women very dearly and am thankful they are in my life

The other thing that I noticed was some of the questioning of the Justices about the reasons for Same Gender Loving couples not to marry. In an exchange about procreation I loved what Justice Elana Kagan had to say

Another question from Justice Sonia Sotomayor

No matter the outcome of these 2 Days of testimony the fight for Social Justice for all people will continue.....

Monday, March 25, 2013

Rally With NBJC

NBJC is proud to be a partner of United For Marriage, a diverse coalition of LGBT and allied groups, to help demonstrate the broad support for marriage equality across the nation.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two historic cases for marriage equality that could change the trajectory of the movement for LGBT equality. Hollingsworth v. Perry, the challenge to California's Proposition 8, will be argued Tuesday, March 26. The case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, United States v. Windsor, is scheduled Wednesday, March 27. Events are now organized in D.C. and in all 50 states.

The NBJC team and volunteers will join a coalition of supporters of marriage equality outside the Supreme Court on the both days of the hearings: Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26 and 27, at 8:30 a.m. in Washington, D.C. at 1 First St. NE in Washington, D.C. NBJC Executive Director and CEO, Sharon Lettman-Hicks, will be addressing attendees at the Wednesday, March 27 rally.

Wear RED to show your solidarity!

Together we will stand up for our love and show the nation that all Americans deserve to be treated fairly and equally under the law - no matter who they love. Spread the Word with the hashtag #UnitedforMarriage.

Additional Information
The nearest metro station is Union Station for the Red Line and Capitol South for the Blue and Orange lines. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring anything you'd need to be outside.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sacred Snapshots 2013

A Sampler for the Spirit…

We’ll come right out and say it: religion has a lot to answer for. Doesn’t matter which religion it is—so often, religion feels rigid, confining, narrow-minded, the exact opposite of what it’s meant to stand for. Religion has been used to justify war, oppression, exclusivity, and hatred.

But what if it were different? What if religion were about expansiveness, the unfolding of the heart, the deepening of the spirit? What if religion could open up a space for holiness instead of shutting it down?

What if you had the chance to explore some of the ways that people have reached for that sense of beauty and awe throughout the centuries? What if you could explore the spiritual practices of the major religions without the fear of evangelism, pressure, or bad jell-o molds?

We invite you to join us for Sacred Snapshots, on April 20, 2013, at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. Sacred Snapshots is a day-long event celebrating spiritual practices from a range of religions and traditions.

Each hour you can choose from an array of experiential sessions and brain-bending lectures on divinity in its many forms, taught by progressive leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of various faiths.

In one day, you can try anything from drumming, to meditation, to Taize, to sacred dance. Try poetry as a spiritual practice, sing gospel or chant mantras, walk a labyrinth. Write an inventory. Learn about 12-step spirituality, experience yoga.

Also, each hour, we’ll hold a worship or ritual from a different tradition.

Because, as Rumi says, there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. Come and find the way that works for you.