Posts By Buffy Boke

Black & White, Part 2

By , February 21, 2016
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My message is not very long, this morning, and it isn’t very complicated. As you know, I opposed hanging a “Black Lives Matter” banner on our church. I opposed it largely because I feel the Black Lives Matter movement is perceived as an anti-law-enforcement movement, even though it is not only an anti-cop movement, and

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From “Waking Up White”

By , February 8, 2016
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“If there’s a place for tolerance in racial healing, perhaps it has to do with tolerating my own feelings of discomfort that arise when a person, of any color, expresses emotion not welcome in the culture of niceness. It also has to do with tolerating my own feelings of shame, humiliation, regret, anger, and fear

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Black & White, Part 1

By , February 7, 2016
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I am here today to rile you up. I’m here today to try to persuade you that you need to bathe in the waters at Bethesda*, to be healed from the feeble condition of being a fragile white person in America. I want you to leave here today understanding more about being white. I’m here

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February Musings

By , January 26, 2016
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February has been declared Black History Month. The idea was to begin to redress the wrongs done to people of color in this country by emphasizing the history that was for so long omitted from our history books. It is clear that the wrongs have not been redressed. Today we grieve what seems to be

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Ministerious Musings for a New Year

By , January 15, 2016
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At this time of year we are always inundated with suggestions for improving our lives. “Sixteen Things You Should Say Goodbye to in 2016” is the latest to cross my field of vision. I sighed. Yes, I know I hold on to habits and thoughts that may not be 100% productive. Yes, I know I

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Approaching Islam

There’s a Facebook meme going around that reminds us there are well over a billion Muslims in the world and if Islam was really about violence we’d all be dead by now. It goes on to say, “Stop letting your TV and newspaper tell you whom to hate.” I’m pretty sure none of you let

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First Advent

By , November 30, 2015
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Today is the First Sunday in Advent. “Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve, December 24. If Christmas Eve is a Sunday, it is counted as

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By , November 23, 2015
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 December 2015 – Ministerious Musings …and once again we find ourselves at the turning of the year, with the holidays upon us and the cold winter weather hovering. What a special, complicated, beautiful, difficult, anxious time of the year. Expectations abound in spite of our wisdom – we know that people continue to be who

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“Permission”

By , October 29, 2015
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We do not need permission To live our life guided by that which lives within us. And yet, too often, some part of our heart Waits for someone else to give the go-ahead Before we fully embody our wisdom and our silliness, Our joy and our sorrow.   This is what it means to give

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Emotional Maturity

By , October 13, 2015
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Emotional Maturity – a sermon preached on October 11, 2015 What does it mean to be emotionally mature? And what does that have to do with our religion? I believe that it is very difficult, perhaps even impossible, to honor and live out the principles we hold dear if we are not emotional mature. I

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