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LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH, AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME

It’s 2017, and if anything is clear at this point, it’s that we absolutely must change the way we conduct ourselves. In other words, we need some powerful collective resolutions – yes, resolutions – to help us change the way things are and the way they might be.

But groups of people don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, do they? When groups of people resolve to do things, those resolutions have different names – laws, proclamations, constitutions.

So what…

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Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on January 1, 2017 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Taking the Bullets out of the Gun

In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. (Martin Luther King Jr.)



In the days following the Orlando massacre, it’s become painfully clear to me that there are people out there who really don’t get it. They really don’t. They don’t get that LGBT people like me feel connected to what happened at Pulse. They don’t get that it touched a nerve with each of us individually. They don’t get that we LGBT people live our lives carrying around a…

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Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on June 21, 2016 at 12:43pm — No Comments

What the Whole World Could Learn from a 15-Year-Old Girl

I thought I’d sit down today and get indignant about the crass politicization of a complete non-issue.

No, I’m not talking about Benghazi, or private email servers, or whether or not Donald Trump actually knows how to run a business. I’m talking about something that actually has everyday people acting as though they’ve lost their minds: The issue of which public restroom a person chooses to use.

I know why people are freaked out on a personal level. And I also know why…

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Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on June 11, 2016 at 2:12pm — No Comments

2016: The Year of the Displaced

As we enter a new year, I’m going to go out on a not-very-long limb and declare 2016 the Year of the Displaced. I do this to call attention to the fact that “one out of every 122 people alive today is someone who, at some point, was forced to leave his or her home“.

If that statistic alone wasn’t enough to get your attention, here are some…

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Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on January 3, 2016 at 3:25pm — No Comments

AMERICAN SPRING: MARRIAGE EQUALITY AND THE ARC TO JUSTICE

Remember the Arab Spring? Fueled by social media, the people of several Arab nations started taking to the streets five years ago to demand a different way of life, a change in the relationship they have with their governments. Now granted, the Egypt, Libya and Syria of today may not look exactly like what we might have expected as a result of the protests – but if we look at our own history in America we can see that, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, its arc is long but does indeed bend…

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Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on June 26, 2015 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Calvary in Charleston: How forgiveness overcame guns, flags and hate

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

The name Emanuel means “God is with us”. And as if one needed any more evidence that God is with the grieving survivors of Dylann Roof’s rampage at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the tear-stained forgiveness exhibited by the families of the victims at Roof’s bond hearing is just that, to a…

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Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on June 20, 2015 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs

All I can say about the movie “Selma” is that it ought to be mandatory viewing in every high school in the country. And there are a million reasons why. But mainly, the civil rights movement is now so far in the rearview mirror that we have generations of young people who have no idea what a struggle that movement really was. What a pity.

We have Santa Claus-ified Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., putting him in the cultural/historical equivalent of a cute little snowglobe where he…

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Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on February 3, 2015 at 8:46am — No Comments

“Erotic Liberty” Pastor Just Proved He’s Stuck on Stupid

Fair warning to you who are about to read this: It’s written with an “R” rating. It’s not sugar-coated, mealy-mouthed or any of the other indirect, passive-aggressive things you might expect from a pastor. In fact, I’m feeling quite aggressive.

Maybe I’m about to exercise my “aggressive liberty”. Now, if that term doesn’t make sense to you, read on to find out what was done in our names yesterday under the Gold Dome – which is a place that still apparently can be stuck disappointingly…

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Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on January 15, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Let There Be Peace on Earth, and Let it Begin With Me

It’s the first day of 2015, and if anything is clear at this point, it’s that we absolutely must change the way we conduct ourselves. In other words, we need some powerful collective resolutions – yes, resolutions – to help us change the way things are and the way they might be.

But groups of people don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, do they? When…

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Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on January 1, 2015 at 5:59pm — No Comments

“Are You LISTENING?”

I wish what has gone on recently, was something unique, something out of the ordinary. However, sadly it is not. In fact it is business as usual in the United States of America.

From an unarmed teenager killed in Ferguson, Mo.; to…

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Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on December 12, 2014 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Tradition Does Not Equal Justice

tradition definition Tradition. The word just seems to jump out from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision (Nos. 14-1341/ 3057/ 3464/ 5291/ 5297/ 5818) against marriage equality.

Again and again, Judge Jeffrey Sutton ignores the clear words of the 14th Amendment and invokes tradition to…

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Added by marygriggs on November 8, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Tim Cook needs to do more than come out

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

I’m glad that Tim Cook has finally come out publicly. Everyone should. Living in the closet is not healthy, even for a giant of the tech industry. The Apple CEO broke open his closet doors in an essay in the latest issue of BusinessWeek

“Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me,” he writes, adding that his company has been in the…

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Added by tommi avicolli mecca on October 31, 2014 at 2:58pm — No Comments

“Clearing Out the Temple”

Since the end of March I have been trying to write my next blog.  I know the subject I want to cover, but I have hit that “writers block” which is made of solid brick.…

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Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on June 13, 2014 at 4:14pm — No Comments

“Our Dirty Little Secret”

Originally, I was planning on writing a blog concerning “Marriage Equality”.  Last night that all changed as I attended a community event called, "Facing Sex Trafficking: Atlanta's Dirty Little Secret".

 

What I experienced, heard and saw has caused such a level of disruption to my soul as…

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Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on March 7, 2014 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Just Saying…

 

For the person of faith (in this case Christian) there is this standard which says we are suppose to be fair, merciful and be humble in our walk with God (Micah 6:8). 

Jesus taught the greatest love one can express is to lay their life down for another.
Jesus in his entire ministry only gave one command: “A new…
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Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on February 17, 2014 at 11:03am — No Comments

Equal Love

by Mary Griggs

Despite Randy Thompson’s recent declaration that “Valentine’s Day is only for one man and one woman,” the LGBTQ community should not feel excluded from this day.

According to one legend, in 269, the Roman Emperor Claudius II prohibited marriage for young men, declaring that bachelors made better soldiers. Ignoring the ruling, Valentine secretly…

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Added by marygriggs on February 14, 2014 at 11:55am — No Comments

Ten Reasons to Own Your Faith

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Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on January 23, 2014 at 11:59am — No Comments

ENDA and Lifestyle Based Conduct

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I was interviewed on Monday in regards to the historic vote in the Senate on an inclusive ENDA bill which moved forward with strong bi-partisan support (although every single vote against it was Republican).

 

The resulting article has just a single phrase from my discussion with the reporter from the Times-Picayune (read it here: …

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Added by marygriggs on November 7, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Enders Game and Pride

orson scott card I read Enders Game when it came out during high school and really enjoyed it. I mean, what young person wouldn’t – it is the story of a kid, selected from everyone else for specialized training because he was smart, who survives school bullying and goes on to save the planet! All the special little snowflakes who didn’t really fit in at school, found a bit of wish fulfillment in those pages that we,…

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Added by marygriggs on October 20, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

9th Annual GCLS Literary Conference plus Goldies

The 9th Annual Golden Crown Literary Society Literary Conference is pretty much over and it has been a wonderful experience.

The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is an educational organization whose mission is for the enjoyment, discussion, and…

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Added by marygriggs on June 30, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

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