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until we are all free

Yesterday, the U.S. celebrated Independence Day with barbecues, picnics, outdoor adventures, watermelon, ice cream and fireworks.  Lots of American flags were flown, and lots of people talked about our gift of freedom. There’s a new park in my neighborhood.  The City of San Francisco took a dilapidated block and turned it into a beautiful little park with a […]

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dear one (I just wanted to tell you)

Dear One  — This weekend San Francisco was lit up with Pride festivities.  Parades, dance parties, marches.  Every Lyft I took had glitter in the back seat. I went to church yesterday, and the Communion elements were draped in rainbow-colored cloths.  The rector’s robes were tied-dyed pink. After the service, as we always do, we […]

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waiting for wonderful

I went to church last Sunday with a heavy heart. A few days before, there had been a shooting in Alexandria, VA, as well as a shooting at the UPS building a few blocks from where I live in San Francisco.  The officer who shot Philando Castile was found not guilty — even though Castile’s only […]

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in spite of the ache

Three weeks ago, I broke my ankle when the strap of my shoe got caught in the moving sidewalk at the airport.  At first I assumed it was just sprained, so I preached, flew back to San Francisco, and went to work seeing patients in clinic.  Five days later, common sense (and pain) prevailed, and […]

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tough as nails

Last week, two men on a MAX train in Portland stepped in to defend two Muslim girls from a man who was verbally attacking them.  It’s the same train where I met the Somali girls and their mom in 2010. My encounter with Muslim refugees on the MAX led to a beautiful relationship and a […]