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Amy Goodman interviews Michael Curry

…if the president had gone across and asked the pastor of the church, “Can I go in and say a prayer for the country? We’ve got some problems,” or if he had gone across and just simply said to the cameras, “I know you all — there are people who disagree with me, and there are people who agree with me, but we’re all Americans, and we need to pray for our country,” I couldn’t object to that. That’s fine. That’s spiritual, moral leadership. But to use the church — Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

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Diocesan-owned residence to return rent

Q4. News reports in early August say that the property managers informed residents that funding for meals could come to an end. 
A4. You have received our weekly letters each week, and as you know, from those letters, the board has funded the hotel accommodations and meals. 

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WNC reads Covid names weekly

We welcome the names of the loved ones you have lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each name will be entrusted to God’s embrace as we include them during a virtual prayer services each week in the Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea. – Washington National Cathedral

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Rare White Minister to Back Bus Boycott, Dies at 92

Graetz, a Lutheran, was the only white clergyman to support the boycott. He and his family persisted in the face of harassment, terrorism, and death threats that extended to their preschool children. Vandals poured sugar in their gas tank; slashed their tires and sprayed acid over their cars. The family home was bombed twice, and while arrests were made, no one was ever convicted.

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What has been taken from Black Americans

In the first half of the 20th Century, White mob terror against Black Americans occurred across the nation, rural and urban, north and south. In 1910 alone, there were an estimated 16 massacres. The year 1919 was so deadly it was called The Red Summer, with more than 30 separate incidents.

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A new book from the Presiding Bishop

I was learning to stand and kneel at the same time – to kneel in the sense of acknowledging that I’m not God, and you have as much right to your perspective as I do to mine. But I’ve also got to stand – to stand for what I believe and humbly trust is the right thing. And it doesn’t change everybody’s minds, but it does create a different atmosphere, and atmosphere does make a difference, especially over the long haul.

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