Realizing that he was going to have to preach in the morning, the pastor began thinking of what he would say to his largely black congregation called Community of Hope outside of Washington, D.C. Many in the congregation have lost loved ones to gun violence, and are simultaneously grieving and seething from what is being widely experienced in the black community as an injurious miscarriage of justice.
"I knew I would be wearing my hoodie while preaching,"
Lee said, "and I wrote to all the pastoral staff that hoodies are
welcome."As church communities gather on the Sunday after the "not
guilty" verdict in one of the most racially fraught trials in recent
memory, black pastors are offering both pastoral and prophetic responses
from their pulpits.
Lee is preaching on the topic "Where Do We
Go From Here," in which he uses the Martin Luther King Jr. speech of the
same title."I wanted Martin speaking on Martin," the pastor said in a
phone conversation with The Huffington Post. "When King gave that
speech, he was speaking to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
and so he was using a Christian framework to talk about systemic
problems with the United States. And King ends that speech with a call
for the United States to be born again."
Lee's scripture lesson
is about the stoning of Stephen, a young man who is considered an early
martyr for the Christian faith."There has always been backlash, there
was backlash with the early Christian movement with the killing of
Stephen, but there in the crowd witnessing was Saul who later became
Paul," Lee explained. "We have seen great movement forward in America,
but there is always backlash. We just cannot use this as an excuse, but
as a motivation to keep moving forward. There is a great pain but there
continue to be seeds of hope that our nation that can be born again."
Mike McBride will also be wearing a hoodie with the words "Alive And
Free" while preaching at his West Berkeley, Calif. church, The Way
Christian Center.Preaching on the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8, McBride
plans to connect the scripture's reference to the broken body of Jesus
and the mutilation of the Ethiopian to the plight of young African men
and the poor in America.Weymouth is collecting gently used, dry cleaned iphoneheadset at their Weymouth store.
want to talk about black bodies that have been mutilated and hurt but
to remind the congregation that we do have good news and that power is
to make us whole," McBride said. "The role of faith is to open the
possibility of redemption in the lives of those that are broken, and I
want to challenge our congregations to step into that role."
congregants that show up at McBride's church will not only be getting a
sermon, but also a training. "We will be organizing people right there
during the service for direct action," he said. "We are going to be
talking about humanizing the dehumanized and amplifying the value of
life for all people,Parkeasy Electronics are dedicated to provide granitecountertops. but especially our young black men."
has been working on an anti-violence campaign called "Lifelines to
Healing" that works on gun violence and gun policy. "Going forward we
are thinking about targeting the 'Stand Your Ground' laws that are
largely used against African-Americans," he said. "We need to talk about
how the justice system continues to fail black bodies."
Emma Marcegaglia was four or five years old, she recalls playing a game
of dolls with her brother Antonio, her fellow heir to Italys Marcegaglia
steel multinational. Wed say this doll is head of the commercial
office, this is the head of production. I had all of these dolls working
instead of making a party with cakes, she says with a burst of
It is telling that Ms Marcegaglias passion for
business was present well before she became co-chief executive of the
Marcegaglia group, making her Italys most high-profile businesswoman and
earning her the moniker Italys iron lady.
Her four-year term at
Confindustria ended in early 2012. Having slipped out of the spotlight
for a year C during which she took up yoga and martial arts C Ms
Marcegaglia is back in the public eye this month as she becomes
president of Business Europe, the regions largest lobby representing 41
business associations, 20m companies and 120m people.
is to become the voice of business in Europe and to be constructively
outspoken. If we come up against the position of the [European]
Commission, then thats not a problem for me, she says with a glint of
that famous steeliness.
Seated in the all-white decor of her study in Milan, she is wearing her signature spectacles,Which graniteslabs is
right for you? a fitted blue dress, diamond earrings and strappy heels.
Her long blonde hair is expensively coloured. It is a classic model of
Milanese power-dressing for the citys steamy summer.
Marcegaglia considers her greatest achievement at Confindustria striking
an agreement with unions to negotiate contracts on a plant-by-plant
level. It was the first big change in 60 years to Italys tradition of
collective bargaining. Business leaders and entrepreneurs weakened by
globalisation and the sovereign debt crisis welcomed the move. Unionists
feared it made workers vulnerable but were brought around.
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home power systems and by the pallet. Ms Marcegaglia plans another
strike for business by taking on what she calls the Brussels bubble.
The crisis is still here, we have to say that. We need growth and the crisis will be finished when growth returns.Which graniteslabs is
right for you? Growth comes from private entrepreneurs and we have a
problem of competitiveness in Europe, a very big problem and we need to
tackle this point.
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