Archive for March 2016

Rites Of Passage must be taught in church or other faith institution. The role of the church is not just to get people into heaven, but also to keep them alive while living on earth. Riverside Church in New York City had a Rites of Passage program for youth transitioning into adults. As a mentor in that program we had the responsibility of bringing reality into the lives of youth and place into their heads, minds and hearts the rules of survival and knowledge. College professors, medical doctors, policemen, businessmen, bankers lawyers, ministers and lay people guided young minds away from paths of destruction and made it possible for them to enjoy a future for which they struggled so hard. The urban schools and urban streets of America requires survival rules and those who break the rules will end up in the American legal system, fighting for the rights to freedom. All schools public or private are under camera observation and supervision. All streets in America are under camera supervision, and all people in America are recorded in some type of face recognition system, suggesting that whether you do good things or bad things, you are on camera.

Did you know that it is dangerous for a poor or minority teenager to confront a policeman on the streets in some neighborhoods. Did you know if you want your son to return home alive you must give him the rites of survival on some American urban […]

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Family values represent who you are as individuals and the guiding spiritual values that keep you connected to a family unit. Without family values you are wild and irresponsible, doing what you will and want to any and everyone, you will find that it does not work for you and you are often alone and discontent. Peace and contentment comes from God and are achieved by us as mortals through our behaviors. The DeBose/Welch family has traced its lineage back to Jacob DeBose, born the year George Washington became president of the United States of America. We are a gifted family producing generations of preachers and teachers dedicating our lives to the service of mankind.

This is the Debose/Welch Rule Book. It has worked for us for hundreds of years.   It is important that each family have a book of rules. We are not street people. We did not get this far by accident. The survival of the family depends on […]

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Lots of under used and empty churches in America, some of those underused churches can be transformed into Spiritual Family Learning Centers. Wealthy individuals and corporations seeking to give back to the communities could walk into some of these empty churches and sponsor Spiritual Learning Centers for children. America needs more private and charter schools, our public schools need our help, children can and must learn, bring in the professionals who know how to teach all students without race or blame. We do not need excuses, we need churches as schools. Churches were the major institutions making it possible for families and generations to end poverty. The doorway out of poverty was the school and the pathway to the schools usually started in the church. Churches motivated school attendance and ran before church and after school programs to help students and parents get through the complex system of education. The Catholic Church held the lead in educating teachers and helping them to understand the spirituality in teaching. Riverside Church devotes a considerable amount of it spiritual and academic resources to the support and improvement of the the needs of the vast diversity of people in the Washington Heights Harlem and Columbia University communities. We started a Spiritual Formation for Teachers, and now would like to expand it to a Spiritual Formation for families.

   Children and families attending the Family ministry could be informed of the morning blessings for children. Young people, living in the neighborhood could also be informed of the blessings for school. Children could be encouraged to come for a Blessing when they are planning to take […]

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There are colleges and universities all over the country using instructional preparation and instructional delivery curriculums in teacher preparation programs providing faulty and incorrect information. Individuals in teachers education program are taught to think and believe that minority students and students living in homes where English is not the primary language, are incapable of learning and therefore, the goverment should not be using programs and resources for impossible task. Adults are taught not to expect academic achievement from minority students. Parents and teachers cannot solve these problems, wealthy churches must help to see that all American children receive a qualified education, and no child should be left behind. This theology of education in America is wrong and a great sin and injustice to the country.

Education in America is wrong, and a sin against teachers, students, parents and the country. The state legislators have the responsiblity of writing and supervising curriculums. If teachers are being taught they cannot teach students, then that is the goverments fault and responsibility. As a certified teacher, […]

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America has to change its education system, and it has to change it fast. It cannot be turned over to committees to debate how and why it should change, and what is the exact meaning of change. Educators are intellectuals, and intellectuals are notoriously famous for hot air and no results. This is not a time for intellectual discourse, this is an emergency. This is a time for red hot mental and physical energies focused on a solution, and we need one yesterday. Taking a page again from the Black Church, they identified the problem, and put solutions in place. They did not discuss the right or wrongness of the problem, they put together the solutions to deal with the problem.

Teachers are leaving the education system because of class-ism and social injustice. Teachers come into the system, stay a while, do not like what they see, and feel powerless to do any thing about the situation. Teachers did not go to school to study to become part […]

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Stop By For God before going to work. Riverside Church opens its doors to the community as a place for spiritual growth. Before entering the classroom, stop by the Church for Spiritual Formation for Public School Teachers. Before going to the challenges of the business world, stop by for God and renew your strength. Bless your children before they go to school, Riverside Church can help. Christian children can get religious symbols to remind them that God is watching over them from our religious book store.Stop by for God for spiritural centering before entering the challenges of the world. Morning blessings are timed so you will not miss your train, bus or first class. Public School teachers serving the Washington Heights, Harlem and Columbia University area are welcomed to stop by for God before reporting to the classroom, 9 minutes can make a difference in your day.

  You are invited to participate in a early morning Interfaith spiritual formation service. These services are only nine minutes long. You are invited to stop by for God before work. Nine minutes before work to center on the fruit of the spirit. Public School Teachers Teachers […]

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Every public school teachers says the same thing, and every public school teacher saying it is wrong. We can and put be able to educate children with or without parental support, and if you cannot, then get out of the classroom. We should not be saying the same thing. We should not be speaking as if we have been programmed with a specific position of thought. Children do not fail, teachers fail children. Teachers fail children because colleges and universities have failed teachers. College and universities fail because state legislators, responsible for curriculum and instructions in teacher preparation are not doing the job intended. We are all responsible, and it is time to stop, someone has to be the adult in the room and stop the blame. There are many children living in foster home, shelters, with grandmothers or other relatives, or just slleping in some hole in some place we know nothing about, they show up each day in our classrooms with their secrets, we are obligated to teach these children and not add to their secret pain. Some children have to be their own parent, and find the mother and father within themselves and survive in silence, we owe it to them to teach.

  Stop The Blame- Help! We are all responsible for our educational system. Parents Community Colleges Legislature School Administrators Churches Teachers Parents   Overstressed parents often say and do cruel things to their children making them angry and difficult to teach. Community Some communities permit inferior instructional […]

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My first teacher’s license in the Board of Education for the City of New York, was CRMD, Children With Retarded Mental Development, what ever that mean. My first teaching assignment was working in a Junior High School in a class called EH, Emotionally Handicapped. I was not afraid, I grew up in Spanish Harlem, and these were Spanish Students, and in Harlem, we did not do crazy. You could not survive the streets if you were crazy. The term was meaningless for me, especially scince I noticed that these same children functioned normally when walking through the communities and engaging in day to day activities outside of the classroom. With credentials from Columbia University and the help of the Riverside Church in New York City, students became decertified out of Special Education and went on to become outstanding citizens in the community.

               This is a case study of leadership. How the leadership of a Church and a teacher changed the lives of a select group of public school students by bring them into a Church and adding the extra variable of spirituality to the curriculum. Dr. James Forbes […]

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American churches sit empty, the pews warmed by the few remainig senior citizens wait for their turn to be call up to the heavenly gates to rest with Jesus. Problem is Jesus has delayed the heavenly call and has instead extended the lives of our seniors, but has given them little to do with this extended time. Where are the children and young families? A church without children is a dying church, and churches are dying every week in America. God has extended the lives of seniors because He has something for them to do. Fill my churches and feed my people. Young people are hungry for the Word of God, but there is noone to give the Word. Our young families substitute the Word of God for “thumb talking” technology not requiring throught but the speed of texting, words without sounds, ideas without visible people. The emptiness inside is medicated with prescriptions drugs designed to alter and change perceptions of reality. Church doors are locked during the week to prevent the young from using the church for unholy activities, God forbid, youth would have fun in the house of God. Perhaps it is time for seniors to heal the present through restoring the past. Bring back the glorious memories that seniors have stored in their heads, stories of how churches really work for the effectiveness of God’s glory.

The Church was a major institution in the lives of the community and provided the social service needs of the community. Congregations played significant leadership roles in the church, and were considered role models for the community. Political decisions, economic decision, relational decisions and education decisions were […]

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The Historical Black Church and the Roman Catholic Church saved America from becoming just another European colony of England. The fight for Irish justice and black freedom made America. The Native American gave the spirit of the land and the secrets of living with diversity. The Scott’s/ Irish /Native and African form the DNA of this great land, how they handled challenges and conflicts is the story of America. The African transformed the religion of the European into a theology of liberation. Spiritual mental black and liberation theology make it possible for African Americans to survive and thrive and become the educated and wealthiest peoples of color on earth. This is about the role the church played in that miracle.

The Church is the foundation of America not religion, the Church was a major institutions in the lives of people. Good and evil were found in the Church. God used this institution to demonstrate His power not only to transform a people, but to sustain a nation […]

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