Archive for August 2016

It is time to take the pressure off women and permit them to assume intended roles as life giver and care giver. Women are working so hard in America that many have lost the heart that is necessary for the quality of life. Women help other women in childbirth and child rearing, and child safety. Women help other women to cope with the challenges of wife, mother, sister, and friend. As churches continue to decline in America, the role of the Christian sister is also being phased out. Who will visit the sick, and help with grieving and birthday parties? It is wrong to push women back into submissive roles as a foundations of religion. Scripture gives us examples of Jesus and his women friends. Mary and Martha reminds us that women have an important role to play in God’s scheme of things.

Do women have to give up rights to be loved and accepted by God? Does God require suffering and submission of women for the continuations of life? For the sake of a family, should women submit to the authority of her husband or religious rules even at […]

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The Church was a major institution in the lives of the Black community and provided the social service needs of the community. Color does not determine if a church is to be considered a “Black Church.” The theology of the Black Church comes out of the Historical Black Churches, which traces its roots back to slavery. The church and the Bible were encouraged in oppressed people, because both stress, obedience, compliance and acceptance of slavery and positions in life. Slaves, in the Bible are encouraged to obey their masters and not to run away from life situations. The oppressed were taught that this world has no value, and the slave would receive rewards after death. After death rewards was not the theology of the Historical Black Church. The primary role of the Historical Black Church was survival on earth, not preparing people for heaven. Careful attention was paid to the Parables of Jesus to find God’s message for the poor and oppressed. Churches had to operate under the watchful eyes of a hostile population. Coded sermons and hymns were developed to help an oppressed people survive. Men 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 sanctioned and formulated in these sacred locations. Men and women of outstanding intellectual ability were elevated to positions of leadership in the church. The Black Church operated its own teacher training academies; where men and women learned the skills of organizational development, classroom management skills, lesson planning and instructional delivery. Churches operated their own after school programs, Sunday school programs, adult Bible study classes and Seminaries Black Christianity was also different from traditional Christianity. Black people viewed Jesus as a living Savior, guide counselor and friend. It was he who made it possible to endure difficult circumstances in the personal realm and the political realm of society. Black Christians did not develop an anger or rage against the oppressors of the Christian community, who went to church on Sundays, and some wore white sheets on Monday to attend rallies planning violence and even deaths of individuals.

The Black Church prevented the development of emotional and mental victim personalities. Negative personalities could result from obstacles placed in the pathway of men and women of color. Jesus was a God of love, and the Black Church and Black Christianity taught people how to truly love […]

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Black lives matter. White lives matter. It is time for the Inner Cities and Appalachia to join together in another Bacon Rebellion. Americans, Black and White should call for major changes in the country. People are suffering in the Hills and Coal mining towns of Appalachia, and deliberately kept out of the American dream. The inner cities and Appalachia both suffer from poor schools, poor health care facilities, legal and illegal drug addictions, poor job skills and no decent paying jobs. Amererica’s Congress should be building 5,000 colleges and universities a year. Colleges that address the real needs of America, Trade Colleges, Technical Colleges, Domestic Engineering Colleges, Business and Finance Colleges, First Responder Colleges, Police Colleges, Prison Prevention Colleges, Health Delivery Colleges, Cultural Diversity Colleges. Civics College. China is building 10,000 colleges a year, and dragging its people out of poverty, kicking and screaming into the world of capitalism, we can do the same. America keeps her people divided and do not permit select groups to talk together and plan how they can help each other. The two groups face the same challenges, but they do not know it. There are rich men in the country, and there are poor men, black and white who cannot find a decent job. Indentured servants both black and white joined the frontier rebellion. Seeing them united in a cause alarmed the ruling class. Historians believe the rebellion hastened the hardening of racial lines associated with slavery, as a way for planters and the colony to control some of the poor. It is time for another Bacon Rebellion.

Bacon’s Rebellion was an uprising in 1676 in the Virginia Colony in North America, led by a 29-year-old planter, Nathaniel Bacon. It was the first rebellion in the American colonies in which discontented frontiersmen took part; a similar uprising in Maryland would take place later that year. […]

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Let the poor say “I am rich”. Let the weak say ” I am strong.” It is time for the people in poverty towns in America, laying by pools of depression and dispair, to take of their beds and move. America has some very fine states where citizens go to good school, receive quality health care, and young people are not forced into legal drug addictions. It is time to move. The silent majority is silent because America does not want to hear what it has to say, and what they have to say is that there is something wrong with America, a something that only individual actions can correct. Stop fighting poverty and move away from it. Poverty is a form of injustice, and fighting injustice takes more than a will, a gun and a strong back. You cannot fight against something built into the system Poverty is built into the system. Poverty has its advantages. Poverty is entertainment. Poverty motivates art and creativity. Music, the voice of the soul comes from poverty and dispair. Great performers from the screen and stage get their motivation and passion from the Muse of poverty. LBJ won the war against poverty, he just forgot to declare victory. A crack was place in the poverty system, and millions escaped and transformed their lives. It is time for Appalachia to move out of the hills and coal mining towns, and migrate to other states. Home is not where poverty is home is where the spirit of God is working in the lives of you and your loved ones. Education is intended to eliminate poverty, but when poverty benefits a state, you need to move. It is time for a resurrection. It is time for the dead to live again.

This paper addresses the writers opinion about the root causes of poverty. The papers, which were sent were designed in the format of this class. We see no one, we interact with no one. We are computers talking to each other. We cut and paste responses for […]

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Riverside Church is transforming itself into the Historical American Church. Interracial, Interdenominational, international it has combined the knowledge of transformations of social classes from the Historical Black Churches and the strength of progressive social justice for doing the right thing for your fellow man from Fosdick and Rockerfeller. Riverside seek not only to live out it Christian witness through being the Hands of God, where possible. Riverside intentionally welcomes all to the Table of Christ, and sets a table large enough for all to take part in the Body of Christ. Riverside teaches God love not how to hate. Riverside welcomes all races, creeds, genders and sexual orientations. Stop By For God before going to work and after work. Stop by if you are happy or sad. Stop by for a cup of coffee on Sunday and a spiritual uplift on Wednesday. Stop by if you are a teacher and need some spiritual support and professional mentoring. Parents bring your children to be blessed before they go to school.

Riverside has some outstanding ministers. Dr. James Forbes transformed the foundation of protestant churches through demonstrating that European based churches could benefit significantly from Historical Black Churches in America. The intellectual skills of Dr. Forbes demonstrated that eleven o’clock Sunday morning did not have to be the […]

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The hand of God touched the hand of Adam and man became a living Soul. Michelangelo beautifully portrays this picture as the finger of God touches the finger of man, and Homo Sapien – Erectus Africanus was transformed in the evolutionary process. “Australopithecus africanus inhabited the earth roughly 3 – 1.6 million years ago. The characteristic difference between the Ausrtalopithicus afarenis and africanus is the height and brain capacity. The height of the africanus is 1.4 m and the brain capacity is approximately 400 – 600 cc. Smaller incisor teeth and a slightly flatter face are also noted. The afarensis has a height of 1.2 m and a cranial capacity of 380 – 450 cc. Sticks, and stones were most likely used to gather food by the Australopithecus africanus. “

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There is a difference between race and poverty, the negative behavior associated with different ethnic groups relate to poverty and not race. Literature and history demonstrate this idea clearly in the writing of William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway the Grapes of Wrath and the God Father Trilogy. The history of America’s Wild Wild West, provides examples of the gun and death as a means of settling minor disputes. How man works through his issues of poverty have become the entertainment thesis of most successful movies.

Boots on the ground to change the human conditions. Preaching and teaching are not the only answers to life’s problems, sometime physical and active participation and changes in procedures and expectations are more effective. People need to experience a better quality of life in order to change […]

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We must first feed people before praying for them. We must end world hunger before seeking world peace. We must feed people before we sit in conference on how to live together as riders on the same globe.

Churches should become fast food  Stop By For God McDonald centers. McDonald had a wonderful idea, providing inexpensive food for families in bright colorful buildings. A few minutes of joy comes in chewing foods in environments outside of the home, without the drama brought on by stress and […]

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There is a Universal Mind, Spirit, and Intelligence that are the origins of everything: It is First Cause. It is God. This Universal Life and Energy finds an outlet in and through all that is energized, and through everything that lives. There is one life source behind everything that lives. There is One Energy back of all that is energized. This Energy is in everything. There is One Spirit back of all expressions. This is the meaning of that mystical expression: In Him we live, and move and have our being.” ( Acts 17:28) Ernest Holmes p.11

Nous- Mind and Soul of man              From the theological point of view, it is important to point out that the “renewal of the mind” that St. Paul speaks about is actually the “renewal of the nous.” In Greek, the word for mind here is nous. […]

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Before teachers can transform students and change lives and futures, they must themselves go through a spiritual transformation process. Belief system affects ability to be an effective teacher and teach all children. Colleges and universities do not prepare teachers to teach all students. Some societies require that select segments of the population are undereducated in order to replenish the service class and the blue- collar worker class. Teachers in public schools are not educated to change the social order but to rather maintain the status quo so that some indication of order and control can be maintained. This is especially true of teachers assigned to work in communities serving low socio-economic students. Before the teacher steps foot into the classroom, the principal will usually identify the socio economic and expectation status of the students. This information will be supported by the poverty theology of low expectations they learned in the teacher preparation courses. It is of course necessary to unlearn this theology of social injustice if they plan to transfer to other school districts serving higher socio economic students. The process of unlearning injustice theologies can be upsetting for some teachers, and often result in a significant number leaving the profession in burnout. What your college professors and textbooks told you were wrong and the sooner the teacher discovers that what is wrong with the American education system is not the students or the parents but the preparation process of the teachers. The teacher has the power to create his or her own success or failure through belief systems and clinical skill base. Suggesting if a teacher believes in him or herself and has the technological skills for effective teaching, confidence, competency and success will be demonstrated to all children.

Getting In Through and Out of College The doorway to wealth is education. The doorway out of poverty is education. The doorway to independence and freedom is education. If you are a girl child suffering from abuse and neglect, do not use your body for revenge, use […]

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