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A tireless servant

Readings for the feast of Anna Ellison Butler Alexander, Friday, September 24, 2021: Psalm 78; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Matthew 11:25-30 Our Gospel reading for the feast

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Alexander Crummel

“Crummell’s greatest light, though, was that through all these changes, all these moves, all these convolutions in his own life, he remained a lifelong scholar, author, and teacher of moral philosophy in a number of academic posts during his career.  His work in moral philosophy would be the foundation of other great African-American thinkers such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Henry P, Slaughter.  He was able to stake a moral foundation for the equality of all races despite all the barriers slavery and Jim Crow threw at him.”

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It’s About the Relationship

“The story of Thomas Gallaudet and Henry Winter Syle stands as a living testimonial of how a single relationship, like a pebble tossed into a lake–creates ripples that spread further outward.”

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Overheard in Jericho

“But…you know…
Here’s the part I can’t get out of my head.
‘Your faith has made you well.’  Your faith.
And, in all honesty,
I was one of the people thinking, ‘Shut up, dude.'”

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An Unexpected Conversion

“Wait–He still wants to come?
I’m not sure it will make a difference.
They will probably chide me even more now
and sit in their circles over wine and dinner
and debate the particulars
of whether I let an unclean man in my house,
but I no longer care.”

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“Feast” of James Weldon Johnson

“(Author’s Note:  Officially, the feast day of James Weldon Johnson is still a bit in limbo, since General Convention has not yet approved the calendar of feast days in A Great Cloud of Witnesses.  That said, Johnson’s life is such an amazing display of God’s gifts and talents shining through one person, he deserves “off-label” mention, in my opinion.–M. Evans.)”

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Son of Encouragement

“Receiving a new name is a common theme in the Bible, a name that always seems to match the new role.  I have to wonder about the yin-yang of that.  Does the name come from who we are to begin with, personality-wise, or is it something to hold up as an icon for inspiration?  Or is it a little of both? “

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A Divine, Flowing Light

“Like Hildegard of Bingen, Mechtild’s visions, although welcomed by the church at first, eventually faced threat of censure – not because of their erotic nature, but probably because some of her visions didn’t have very complementary things to say about the ecclesiastical power structure.”

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Two Women

“‘Why is he talking to her?’
they must have thought.
‘Does he not hear Jairus
begging, pleading, bargaining?
Does he not know who he is?'”

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