On Thanksgiving Day 1977, my husband’s father died of a massive heart attack, leaving behind a wife and 12 children — six boys and six girls. The family was Episcopalian, attending St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where the Pabst family tithed and the children were baptized and married.
Because of the family’s size, Mr. Pabst had to work two jobs to keep food on the table, clothes on everyone’s backs and the mortgage current. Decades before Uber and Lyft made it cool to moonlight…Continue
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Ladies and gentlemen, in the left corner of the ring — representing the liberal, progressive, “hate everything that is not liberal or progressive by their own definition” end of our current political spectrum — is Kathy Griffin, the self-styled “D-list” comedian figuratively holding the severed head of President Donald Trump. And in the right corner — representing the conservative, alt-right and “hate everything that is not alt-right or conservative by their own definition” end of the…Continue
Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on June 10, 2017 at 2:43pm — No Comments
“How does it feel to be the first generation to not have a purpose?”
These words were the equivalent of a slap across the face to me. They were coming out of the TV, out of the mouth of an actor playing Cleve Jones, a lion of the TLGBQIA movement who was a contemporary of Harvey Milk and who conceived the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt (which by the way has become, at 54 tons, the world’s largest piece of community folk art).
In the scene, Jones is an…Continue
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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.
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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…
Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on June 21, 2016 at 12:43pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on June 11, 2016 at 2:12pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on June 26, 2015 at 2:41pm — No Comments
“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…Continue
Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on June 20, 2015 at 4:55pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on February 3, 2015 at 8:46am — No Comments
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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on January 1, 2015 at 5:59pm — No Comments
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.Continue
Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on December 12, 2014 at 6:20pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on June 13, 2014 at 4:14pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on March 7, 2014 at 4:44pm — No Comments
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).
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July 2012 was the last time I wrote. Did I go on vacation? Quit writing blogs? Run out of things to…Continue
Added by Rev. Paul M. Turner on January 1, 2013 at 11:19am — No Comments
Sometimes one of the toughest parts of the job of being a pastor and to be considered a community leader is offering counsel to the community when it is apparent there is a deep and sharp divide.
Recently the LGBTQIA community was…Continue
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