Archive for May 2016

Over Eighteen years ago, the Riverside Church in the City of New York called its first African American to be the senior pastor. In 2007, The Reverend Doctor James A. Forbes Jr. resigned that position. The calling of Dr. Forbes, and his ministry for eighteen years challenged a congregation to look at issues of social justice and how a congregation views itself and its Christian image. In 2008, America called Barack Obama, the first man of color to be president of the United States of America. The experience of both men are similar in many ways, both were instruments of needed change in America. Both challenged America in ways that cause discomfort to its core values and revealed some hidden truths. Forbes revealed the major problems with Christianity and Christian teachings. Obama opened up the soul of America and her core principles of social justice in a country used as an example in a world struggling to find its better angels. Both men were successful in that each pulled back the curtain of a problematic belief system, a belief system founded on the incorrect thought that the greatness of America’s most powerful church and powerful nation was determined by the number of Anglo Saxons in seats of power. The call to making America great again should not mean making America “white” again.

Riverside, The Outside and the Inside In a seminary paper written by a member of the church years ago, it is possible to see some of the problems in traditional Christianity, and suggest some reasons why the religion is in decline in Europe and America. Powerful men […]

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The more things change, the more they remain the same. It is again the poor and oppress who remind we the people of who we are and how we came into being. Our slave masters today are the drug companies, health insurance companies, corporate greed and the need for extreme profits, impossible college tuitions and inferior public education systems, that are rounding up the unwanted in America and forcing them to work the plantations of their own prisons. Again a people stand trapped while private, religious and goverment systems use them as forced labor to imporve the profit margins of the self appointed masters of the people. Over 200 years ago, under similar circumstances, the people fought for their freedom, and a new system was born. The system was designed to elect representatives who would monitor, protect and preserve the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of the people. Our representatives sold our liberty for thirty pieces of silver, and we are back where we started. Perhaps, as other evils in society, the pain and anger expressed in the face and voices of the people will help us forge a vision of the intent of God for His people. Pay attention to the confusion of the voices of our politicians, it could be the voice of God speaking to Her people.

Racism in the colonies and America, although intended for evil, provided a safety net for many Irish and Africans men women and children. The ideas of inferiority and superiority in human beings resulted in nations consumed by greed, to transport those considered undesirable to far away lands […]

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75% of the presidents of the United States of America are Scott Irish men. The Irish have given us our greatest politicians and educators. Over 75% of the Europeans coming to the British North American Colonies were not free. These words are engraved on the walls of the Ellis Island Museum located in New York and New Jersey telling the world the truth about who we are. We all came here in the bottom of boats, and some of us in chains. We select our president from the lineage of the Irish because of the great sacrifice made by this group to our freedom and prosperity. First slaves and indentured servants, it was the Irish who are the unsung warriors of our nation. Rejected by the British, they laid the stones of the modern world’s greatest nation, dedicated to the ideas that no man is better than any other man, we come here as equals in the eyes of God. We do our struggle and hard times, but that struggle is for all men regardless of race, creed, nationality, religion, gender or sexual orientation. We are scrappy, and we will fight for our own rights and the rights of others. It is time to stop hidding the true American history, and release the songs of our brothers and sisters still trapped in the backwoods and hills of ignorance.

Africans get most of the attention in the Americas, but slavery in this part of the world was Irish before it was African. It was the Irish peasant who was  abused tormented and mistreated in the British North American Colonies later to become the United States of America. […]

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Billions of dollars are given to educational instutions by individuals seeking to give back to a country they love. Bill Gates gave billions to colleges working with students of color. Ivy League Universities receive billions, so why are Americans drowing in student loan debt? University buildings are paid for, and colleges pay less than minimum wages to its adjunct professors, so where is all of this money going and who is receiving all of this money? Why are the Representatives of the Republic in Washington and state and local Houses of Representatives not paying attention to a financial injustice happening to millions of American families? Who is selling out America, who has sold our financial and educational institutions? Maybe it is time to stop fighting over presidential candidates over which we, the people have no control, and focus on the people for whom we voted to represent our better angels and daily concerns.

Colleges pay dirt cheap wages to its instructional staff, and charge large and ever increasing tuitions to students. America colleges operate like Airline line companies operating in America, they charge you for everything and pay minimum cost for instructional staff. Adjunct professor receive very little for the […]

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Barack Obama has been an inspiration to many, but for the almost 40 million African Americans, his presidency has been personal. The 8 successful years in the Whitehouse was achieved through the prayers hard work, and dedication of millions of people, black, white, Latino, Asian and God’s beautiful mixtures. Jews, Christians, Muslims, contributed to this achievement. Over 10 million people were transported, out of the African continent, and sent to the Colonies in the new world. Only 5.8% or about 600,000 ended up in the land that was destined to become the United States of America. We celebrate that 600,000 for the sacrifice and contributions made to this nation in progress. In celebration of the Obama presidency, the seniors at the Martin Luther King Senior Center in Hackensack New Jersey, had gathering. Dr. Delores E. Harris Harrison was the keynote speaker, here is part of that speech given in 2008.

    The voices of our ancestor’s calls out from our turbulent past and say Halleluiah, Halleluiah, Halleluiah; you are a little farther up that mountain. We as a people, do not claim victory until that last soul has reached his highest potential without hinder or restraint. […]

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The Irish and the African were dragged over to the British North American Colonies in the bottom of boats, some in chains. They were brought over here to serve the ruling class and to be the labor force for what was to develop into one of the greatest nations in modern history. America was to become the Rome and Greece of the post ancient world. This group was used and abused until after two vicious battles, The Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and with a great loss of life, they secured freedom and became the foundation and soul of the United States of America. Today the spirit of these brave men must again rise up and unite with each other to save the future. It is time for another Bacon Rebellion, where black men and white men, poor struggling and forgotten, take back America. Our empty churches should become restoration centers and universities for taking back America through education. Our kids are becoming zombies to technology they do not understand. The are not being prepared through our education centers for the jobs making it possible to take part in the American dream. The dream will be restored, and this time the dreamer will include Appalachia.

It is time to put down the Smart Phone and restore the Smart Student. Our students have become Thumb Talkers and not thinkers. Thumb Talking will not keep America in the leadership position in the world. Thumb Talking trains the brain to think in one orderly way. […]

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Getting In Through and Out Of College Adult Edition – America is a second chance society, founded on the principle that everyone should have a chance at success. Education in America is like a conveyor belt; you can jump on at any point and jump off when necessary, and jump on again. Many adults had to stop educational careers because of life emergencies, helping parents, marriage, raising children, or just not ready for the challenges involved in a commitment to self. I want to thank The College of New Rochelle School of New Resources for the opportunity to work with many adult students making the transition into the educational environment. The School of New Resources has designed a program for adults returning to college. It does it better than any institution, and is considered the gold standard in adult education. I taught at the School of New Resources for 28 years-It is time to stop the excuses. You are smart but you are not appreciated or respected, but used. People less competent then you THINK you are get the better positions. You are getting older, and you want something different out of life. You have knowledge without education or credentials, and like it or not, the job market pays for education and credentials. You are a failure because you do not have the courage to be a success. You have to walk through some hard doors and do things you do not want to do. It is time to step up to the plate and earn this Kingdom God has planned for you. It is time to go back to college and complete your education. Welcome, come in, sit down, shut up, listen and learn, this is your life, live it.

Going to school is a spiritual act; you must prepare yourself for this spiritual experience. If you are an adult returning to school after years away from this experience it may seem difficult, after you adjust to the spirituality of the whole experience you will feel right […]

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Systematic Theology, the study of God. It is difficult for me to determine how the intellectual analysis of the character and qualities of God expands my faith. I am reminded of the story of two men, who were friends, decided to go on a search for the meaning and origin of life. One man had a successful career as minister; the other found success in the fields of science and technology. Both men started out in different directions and on different paths. The scientist, climbed many mountains relating to empirical data on the cause of events. When the scientist reached the top of the mountain and he discovered first cause was “God,” he found his friend sitting on top of the mountain. His friend had said God all along. His friend said to the tired man, “I told you so.” I am like the person sitting on top of the mountain. It is not necessary that all the proof be provided in order for my faith to work for me. As a seminary student, I am excited with my studies, I will just make sure that on the way to becoming an ordained minister, I do not lose my religion through too much thinking. I am a thought in the mind of God. I have faith in that thought.

This paper will compare and discuss the writings of Erickson[1] and Gratsch [2] as it relates to the Divine Plan of God. It will also be necessary to return to scripture[3] in order to get some idea of the nature of God. Erickson suggests that it is […]

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What does it mean to be an American? We must remember that that the name America identifies millions of people on two major continents of the earth.God had blessed this land and this people, located between two great oceans filled with food and with a bounty of animals and clean air, water and resources. Canada the United States and Mexico all call themselves American and neighbors on the continent of North America. South America has many countries, and as the major recipient of the African Diaspora, who are also entilted to be called American. South America, especially Brazil, has yet to reveal the major accomplishments of her multicultural peoples. The peoples of the many countries in the Americas love and respect their country as much as we, living in the United States respect ours. We should be very cautious about talking about putting up walls between land that is not ours. Half of the people living in the United States are immigrants from European countries, and Americans on the North and South American continent find it offensive when Europeans discuss preventing them from travel to and from the land of their forefathers.

The United States must find modern and respectful ways of living with her American neighbors. The age of the 400 year rein of Europe is over and major adjustments are taking place in the world in terms of economic transformation and climate change, the United States may find […]

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Do the right thing, fix America. America has hungry people and she should not. America has people who have difficulty reading and writing, and she should not. America has sick people who cannot afford prescriptions or decent health care, and she should not. America has unemployed people who would like to work but cannot find the right job, and she should not. America has transformed the modern day world, but at home her citizens live in the backwards Hills of Appalachia growing more angry and frustrated. Our young people have tuned in and dropped out, believing that they have no part of this America of their birth. There are many problems in the country and many solutions but no fixing. It is time to fix America using our own resources.

American theology is the story and belief of our Founding Fathers as inspired men of God, directed to write down the vision for this new world. The sacred writings are the Constitution written by the hand of God on the minds of men detailing how this chosen […]

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