Friday, June 26, 2015

Love wins!!

We interrupt the regular schedule of this blog to celebrate -- Love wins! Marriage equality is the law of the land! I am filled with emotion and gratitude for all of those LGBTQ pioneers and allies who have been working for this for decades.

Thank you, SCOTUS, for your 5-4 decision. We'll take it!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Vigil: Standing with Charleston

Today, we will be part of a vigil for Emanuel AME and Charleston. Please join with me and others from the UU Congregation in Andover as we go to North Parish in North Andover for a vigil in response to the tragic shooting at Emanuel AME -- a vigil in response to the evils of racism. Come to show that Black Lives Matter. We gather at 6 p.m. The address for North Parish is 190 Academy Road, North Andover.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Black Lives Matter... prayers for Emanuel AME

I am heartbroken and angry about what happened in Charleston, SC, on Wednesday. I will post more thoughts on that here over time. Right now, I just want to remember what we lost. Nine good Americans were killed in this act of white supremacist  terror. These good people deserve to be named. (Biographical information that follows is from NPR.) We lost the Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, a pastor at Emanuel AME, a speech therapist and high school track and field coach. She was the mother of three. We lost Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49, a member of Emanuel’s choir and the mother of four. She had just started a new job as an admissions coordinator at her college alma mater. We lost Cynthia Hurd, 54, a career librarian. We lost Susie Jackson, 87, a longtime church member. We lost Ethel Lance, 70, a parishioner at Emanuel for decades, and a career custodian. She was a mother and grandmother. We lost the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41, a state senator and the senior pastor of Emanuel AME, a husband and the father of two children. We lost Tywanza Sanders, 26, a recent graduate in business administration with his whole life ahead of him. We lost the Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74, a retired pastor from another church in the Charleston area. We lost Myra Thompson, 59, a pastor’s wife who was herself teaching Bible study when she was killed. We lost so much.

And we must work to end racism and our culture of violence. We must. Black Lives Matter.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Opiate addiction... not so far away.

Last night I went to a very important meeting at West Parish in Andover to discuss the problems of opiate addiction, right here in the town of Andover. When people think of drug use and abuse, they often think of big cities and low income persons. Yet the problem in the suburb of Andover is much worse than one might think.

Here is a powerful documentary on that very topic.

If you'd like to come to the next discussion, please email me and let me know.