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  1. 1 sabreen60
    June 7, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Am I first?

  2. 10 Zekke Lydonna
    June 7, 2012 at 11:28 pm

     
     
    An open letter from Rev. Otis Moss III to the Black Clergy

    The following words are from the Reverend Otis Moss, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois concerning President Obama’s recent public endorsement of Gay Marriage. The content of the letter is posted in its entirety.  Please read and share your thoughts on this cultural and social issue at the forefront of the Black Church in America.
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    My Brother:
    Tell your brethren who are part of your ministerial coalition to “live their faith and not legislate their faith” for the Constitution is designed to protect the rights of all. We must learn to be more than a one-issue community and seek the beloved community where we may not all agree, but we all recognize the fingerprint of the Divine upon all of humanity.

    There is no doubt people who are same-gender-loving who occupy prominent places in the body of Christ. For the clergy to hide from true dialogue with quick dismissive claims devised from poor biblical scholarship is as sinful as un thoughtful acceptance of a theological position. When we make biblical claims without sound interpretation we run the risk of adopting a doctrinal position of deep conviction but devoid of love. Deep faith may resonate in our position, but it is the ethic of love that forces us to prayerfully reexamine our position.

     The question I believe we should pose to our congregations is, “Should all Americans have the same civil rights?” This is a radically different question than the one you raised with the ministers, “Does the church have the right to perform or not perform certain religious rites.” There is difference between rights and rites. We should never misconstrue rights designed to protect diverse individuals in a pluralistic society versus religious rites designed by faith communities to communicate a theological or doctrinal perspective. These two questions are answered in two fundamentally different arenas. One is answered in the arena of civic debate where the Constitution is the document of authority. The other is answered in the realm of ecclesiastical councils where theology, conscience and biblical mandates are the gu iding ethos. I do not believe ecclesiastical councils are equipped to shape civic legislation nor are civic representatives equipped to shape religious rituals and doctrine.

    The institution of marriage is not under attack as a result of the President’s words. Marriage was under attack years ago by men who viewed women as property and children as trophies of sexual prowess. Marriage is under attack by low wages, high incarceration, unfair tax policy, unemployment, and lack of education. Marriage is under attack by clergy who proclaim monogamy yet think nothing of stepping outside the bonds of marriage to have multiple affairs with “preaching groupies.” Same-gender couples did not cause the high divorce rate, but our adolescent views of relationships and our inability as a community to come to grips with the ethic of love and commitment did. We still confuse sex with love and romance with commitment.
     My father, who is a veteran of the civil rights movement and retired pastor, eloquently stated the critical nature of this election when speaking to ministers this past week who claim they will pull support from the President as a result of his position. He stated, “Our Ancestors prayed for 389 years to place a person of color in the White House. They led over 200 slave revolts, fought in 11 wars, one being a civil war where over 600,000 people died. Our mothers fought and were killed for women’s suffrage, our grandparents were lynched for the civil rights bill of 1964 and the voting rights act of 1965…my father never had the opportunity to vote and I believe it is my sacred duty to pull the lever for every member of my family who was denied the right to vote. I will not allow narrow-minded ministers or regressive po liticians the satisfaction of keeping me from my sacred right to vote to shape the future for my grandchildren.”

    “The institution of marriage is not under attack as a result of the President’s words.”

    Gay and lesbian citizens did not cause the economic crash, foreclosures, and attack upon health care. Poor under funded schools were not created because people desire equal protection under the law. We have much work to do as a community, and to claim the President of the United States must hold your theological position is absurd. He is President of the United States of America not the President of the Baptist convention or Bishop of the Sanctified or Holiness Church. He is called to protect the rights of Jew and Gentile, male and female, young and old, Gay and straight, black and white, Atheist and Agnostic. It should be noted the President offered no legislation, or executive order, or present an argument before the Supreme Court. He simply stated his personal conviction.

    If we dare steal away from the noise of this debate, we will realize as a church we are called to “Do justice, live mercy and walk humbly with God.” Gay people have never been the enemy; and when we use rhetoric to suggest they are the source of our problems we lie on God and cause tears to flow from the eyes of Christ.

     I am not asking you to change your position, but I am stating we must stay in dialogue and not allow our own personal emotional prejudices or doctrines to prevent us from seeing the possibilities of a beloved community.

    November is fast approaching, and the spirits of Ella Baker, Septima Clarke, Fannie Lou Hammer, Rosa Parks, A. Phillip Randolph, James Orange, Medgar Evers and Martin Luther, King Jr. stand in the balcony of heaven raising the question, “Will you do justice, live mercy and walk humbly with our God?” Emmitt Till and the four little girls who were assassinated in Alabama during worship did not die for a Sunday sermonic sound bite to show disdain for one group of God’s people. They were killed by an evil act enacted by men who believed in doctrine over love. We serve in ministry this day because of a man who believed in love over doctrine and died on a hill called Calvary in a dusty Palestinian community 2,000 years ago. Do not let the rhetoric of this debate keep you from the polls, my friend.

    Asking you to imagine a beloved community, your brother and friend,
    Otis Moss, III
Senior Pastor
Trinity UCC
     

    • 11 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      June 7, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      “He is President of the United States of America not the President of the Baptist convention or Bishop of the Sanctified or Holiness Church. He is called to protect the rights of Jew and Gentile, male and female, young and old, Gay and straight, black and white, Atheist and Agnostic.”

      That is perfectly stated.

    • June 7, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Zekke, that is just magnificent. Thank you so much for posting it. So many stunning extracts, eg:

      The institution of marriage is not under attack as a result of the President’s words. Marriage was under attack years ago by men who viewed women as property and children as trophies of sexual prowess. Marriage is under attack by low wages, high incarceration, unfair tax policy, unemployment, and lack of education. Marriage is under attack by clergy who proclaim monogamy yet think nothing of stepping outside the bonds of marriage to have multiple affairs with “preaching groupies.” Same-gender couples did not cause the high divorce rate, but our adolescent views of relationships and our inability as a community to come to grips with the ethic of love and commitment did. We still confuse sex with love and romance with commitment.

      • 13 Zekke Lydonna
        June 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm

        I sent this to my 85yr old aunt, who was adamantly opposed to Marriage Equality, based on the ‘Bible’. We had a terrible argument about it, and didn’t speak for 2 weeks. We are very close. After Obama came out in support of Marriage Equality, she told me she understood this to be his personal view, and it did not affect her support for him. I am looking forward to our next conversation on this issue. I will wait for her lead, but I am anxious to know if the words of Rev. Moss, will change her own views. I live in Hope.

    • 14 Judith Fardig
      June 7, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      Thank you, Pastor Moss, for your eloquent and heartfelt statement and to Zekke Lydonna for sharing it.

    • 15 yardarm756
      June 7, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      This is the Pastor of the retired Rev Jeremiah Wright where PBO and FLOTUS were married.

    • 19 mtmarilyn
      June 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      This makes me so proud. I am a member of the United Church of Christ of which Trinity is a part of. I wrote letters in support of Jeremiah Wright. He had some beautiful sermons, but he did do himself in when he went in front of the Press Corp. I really like Otis Moss.

      That is such a beautiful letter. Thank you for speaking up. I will send a letter to him thanking him for his support!

      • 20 cindysweatt
        June 8, 2012 at 12:50 am

        @mtmariln, I am also a member of the UCC. I also wrote letters in support of Jeremiah Wright. I had gone on their web-site in 2007 and saw that they were an open and affirming church. I have always felt that Barack Obama was open and affirming but had to keep it to himself and state otherwise for the bigger picture. I always felt his “civil union” was a way to stick with the constitution. Trinity United Church of Christ has over 6,000 members. If I am ever in Chicago I do plan on attending. Now more than ever.

    • 22 nathkatun7
      June 8, 2012 at 3:22 am

      I am not a religious person though I come from a very deeply religious family. I left religion because I was so tired of hypocrisy within my church. Rev. Otis’ words are so reassuring that they are still many Christians in the Black community who follow in the footsteps of Dr. King and the South Archbishop, Desmond Tutu. These are Christians who preach love and tolerance. Clearly, Rev. Otis Moss, like President Obama, deeply believes in the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.” This letter should be shared widely, and not just to black churches, but to all religious houses of worship: Christian, Jewish, Moslem, etc. Now I know why our president was drawn to the UCC!

      • 23 nathkatun7
        June 8, 2012 at 3:33 am

        I meant to say: “South African Archbishop, Desmond Tutu.” Goes to show how excited I was to read Rev. Otis’ magnificent letter. His is an example of Christian voices that are missing when it comes to deciding who is truly speaking for Christian. The media has been overwhelmed by the so called Christians who preach the gospel of hate. It’s about time we heard from Christians who preach the gospel of love and tolerance!

  3. June 7, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Too many planes brought down around out President. They must have gotten their licenses in Florida.

    • 25 yardarm756
      June 7, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Where did that happen?

      • 26 desertflower
        June 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm

        CA…I think a couple different small planes didn’t get the memo that PBO was around…all ok though. Can you imagine being a little Cesna and having fighter jets escort you to the nearest airport? Holy MOLY!

        • 27 yardarm756
          June 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm

          They’re lucky. A wrong turn would have been fatal. Those flyboys don’t play. No chatter back and forth, they have standing orders. One wrong move and you die!

  4. 28 GGail
    June 7, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I’m glad he’s home.

    I have to return to reality and to volunteering.

    Good night Chipsticks and TOD family.

    • 29 anniebella
      June 7, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      I wonder will POTUS want a piece of the apple or sour cherry pie?

    • 35 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      June 8, 2012 at 12:47 am

      Goodnight GGail. I came in late and just read your post. What a wonderful evening you had last night. So exciting to see the President and then also meet all those famous people. I would have to keep pinching myself to see if it was real! A night to remember! Sweet dreams!

  5. 36 hopefruit2
    June 7, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Glad that my President is safely home. Hope he gets some restful sleep tonight.

  6. 40 thoughtful3
    June 7, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    “Home” is quite appropriate for me as well. Returned from visiting family in San Diego late Tues. night (actually, technically Wed. morning). Good to be back with you all as well, TOD family 🙂 Keep the faith, and let’s keep on pushin’! (as one of my favorite songs says)

  7. June 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    The National Weather Service notified lawmakers Thursday that it plans to furlough up to 5,000 employees for 13 days between July and September if Congress and the agency cannot find $36 million to cover its budget deficit.

    Weather Service officials acknowledged to legislators, as well as the union, that requiring employees to take unpaid leave could disrupt critical weather operations at the peak of the hurricane season.

    But with labor costs of $2 million a day, the Weather Service cannot pay its employees through the end of the fiscal year in September without a solution to a problem of its own making. An internal investigation concluded that for years, the agency reallocated millions of dollars that Congress approved for other projects to pay employees.

    The investigation, disclosed last month, prompted the retirement of the Weather Service’s director, John L. “Jack” Hayes, after the replacement of its chief financial officer.

    Weather Service officials have stopped the practice of reallocating funds once the investigation was underway.

    Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which directs the service, have declined to say publicly why the practice went on and who authorized it. They have asked Congress to cover the gap through the fiscal year.

    http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/rss.jsp?rssid=597&item=http%3a%2f%2fwww.washingtonpost.com%2fpolitics%2fweather-service-says-furloughs-possible-if-no-deal-struck%2f2012%2f06%2f07%2fgJQAGMyTMV_mobile.mobile&cid=797

    How much did Bain make on this deal?

  8. 43 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    June 7, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Was out all day and evening. Missed everthing. I’m going to do a quick glance through all the posts. Did GGail write up her evening with PBO last night? I also need to find out about these pies!

    • 44 desertflower
      June 7, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      GGail had a BLAST!! Think it was on rise and shine….must read!

      • 45 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        June 8, 2012 at 12:39 am

        Thank you desertflower. I just read GGail’s post on last evening’s party. How fun to see the President and meet all those celebrities!

  9. 46 vitaminlover
    June 7, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Welcome back home, Mr. President , Sir. Please hug and kiss your wife and girls. Get some good snack and comfort food and then get some good ‘ole sleep. Know how beloved you are and also your family. We know that you got this.

  10. 48 Bill R.
    June 7, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Thank you once again for this sanctuary forum for friends and supporters of our President and his family. My life is based on the unitive spiritual dimension where connection and communion extend across space and time and beyond the material order. In this realm especially we are friends of our President and his family even though he doesn’t know us by face or name. We are united in the limitless space of the heart and the values of healing and goodness which he and we, each in our own way, actualize in the public and the private world. Blessings on him and all of us.

  11. 50 Audrey
    June 8, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Welcome home Mr. President and thank you for all your efforts on behalf of the voiceless and downtrodden in our country. You sir will be richly rewarded while those who fight and obstruct you will pay dearly.

    There is a huge problem in a country where Jeb Bush is placed front and center and his ramblings passed off as from a person with “integrity” and a sane voice and made of “presidential timber” by the very media that has blacked out the hardest working president and his astonishingly historic accomplishments on behalf of the American people and the world.

  12. June 8, 2012 at 8:18 am

    CNN does Not interview any Democrats, for the Florida Voter purge.
    Instead, Soledad interviews Floridas Secretary of State.
    Unbelievable!


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