I'm so grateful to @ChildDefender for their consistent defense of children's rights.

Too often, kids aren't treated as full and complete humans—with their own particular needs, and unique agency.
Abuse of children is covered by euphemism, or explained away as just "part of parenting."

And government abuse of kids is hidden in data; not treated as an absolute emergency.

1 in 3 families with kids can't afford to feed them. Right now. Today. In the US.

That's a crisis!
And that doesn't even mention lead poisoning, substandard education, inaccessibility, a rapidly deteriorating climate, straight-up federal kidnapping or all the other harm that isn't addressed because too often children lack any voice in our political life.
We need a revolution in how we treat and consider children. We must reaffirm that each and every child is created in God's image—and that we *all* have a responsibility to every kid growing in our midst.
Thank you @ChildDefender for creating Children's Sabbath; for modeling the special care and attention our young people deserve.

And if you want to celebrate kids' beautiful gifts with us this morning, join us at 11:45 a.m. ET at middlechurch.org.

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6 May
1. On Feb. 23, Wanda Cooper lost her baby. But she didn’t have a miscarriage. Her 25 year old son, born on Mother’s Day 1994, was killed in cold blood. An athlete with a gentle soul and humble spirit, Ahmaud never left her without saying, “I love you.”
2. If you ever did anything for him, his mom says, he would say, “Thank you.”

Ahmad ran every day, unless it was pouring rain. But on that sunny Sunday in February, he went running and—as though he were prey to be slaughtered—he was hunted down.
3. Two men have been named, but I will not say those names here. They don’t deserve publicity. However, their crime deserves punishment. The fact that they have not been charged with murder is a miscarriage of justice.
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25 Mar
The President is reeling from how far the reality of COVID-19 is from the lies he's told.

But to risk people's lives for money—when what we need is truth, tests, and time—is grotesque. And to invoke Easter to do so is theologically abhorrent. /1
Church buildings should not be open for Easter. People of faith should not gather in church, synagogue, mosque, shul, gurdwara, temple or masjid. We don't need to go to practice our faith.

God—or however we name the ineffable goodness and love—is where the people are. /2
A divine spark in the woman quarantined by herself, drinking tea; in the two or three gathered in a household, praying prayers with their children; in the hospital where a nurse tends to someone with fever; in the workers who must go out, so we have electricity and food. /3
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27 Feb
1. Last night’s communion was one of the most powerful I can remember. We offered congregants Skittles and Arizona iced tea; recalling Trayvon Martin’s last supper before his crucifixion. Image
2. I’m glad that we could offer a moment to honor Trayvon’s life, but still overwhelmed with sorrow and rage.

He went out to buy Skittles and iced tea. A child’s meal. When will we let Black kids be kids? ImageImage
3. The juxtaposition of utter frivolity and harmlessness in the food Trayvon purchased, and the ways he was portrayed as “dangerous,” is too much to bear!
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As a Christian clergy who celebrates all the spiritual paths that lead to Love; as a woman who was unable to conceive and who grieved for years; as an aunt and grandmother who thinks children are precious, I am #ProChoice AND #ProLife
There is more than one religion practiced in this nation and no religious point of view should guide our legal processes. In fact Jesus, who is the mentor for my Christian faith, healed a woman suffering with a reproductive issue—a hemorrhaging womb—for twelve years #WomensRights
Jesus' model of compassion and love for those on the margins and those needing healing and health care drives my commitment to health care for all, and my pro-choice position. #WomensRights #ReproductiveRights #LoveTransforms
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