If our desire is simply to engage in an awareness campaign to bring the eyes and ears of the nation and world to the problems that plague communities of color then our rhetoric can be as bombastic and heavy-handed as necessary. However, if our desire is to engage in the work of reconciliation - of building new communities from the ground of transformed relationships - we must stand in the precarious gap between communities in conflict and to point towards the reality of the Kingdom of God which radically reforms human relationship.
Conscious African Americans are in a constant state of rage against a system whose very foundation was constructed to keep them oppressed and has only recently been retrofitted to allow for some semblance of "liberation."
Let's be clear: male privilege and patriarchy are as pervasive as the air we breathe and much like that air, it is often invisible (unless you live in Los Angeles). Male privilege is why a man is a "boss" and a woman is a "bitch." Its why a bunch of men can usurp women's vaginas as community property, bloviating about what they think should be the reproductive rights of women.
[Given on the Second Sunday of Eastertide, April 27, 2014 by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Kansas City, MO] "But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power."Acts 2:24In the name of God who is Creating, Redeeming, … Continue reading Sermon: When God Has a Dream
[Given on Good Friday, April 18, 2014 by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Kansas City, MO] I speak to you in the name of God who said to Moses “I Am, that I Am.” Amen. + This past Sunday, on the eve of Jewish Holy Week Passover, a man … Continue reading Sermon: Taking Calvary from Tyranny to Testimony
Love, may seem weak and unrealistic, but it is actually the fullness of reality. To act, and live, and speak, and give, and abide in love even in a world that is stifled with hate is to stop the downward spiral and to move towards a fuller expression of the Reign of God.
[Given January 26, 2014 by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Kansas City, MO] “The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” - 1 Corinthians 1:18 Come, Holy Spirit, and kindle the fire … Continue reading Sermon: I’m Going Through
...closeness with God is the true definition of holiness. Holiness is not perfection in the moralistic sense. Holiness is union with God. But to get there we must begin the process of surrendering our lives to God.