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- BlogFri, 22 Mar 2019New Zealand holds a National Day of Mourning
As New Zealand holds a National Day of Mourning commemorating the lives lost and supporting those wounded in the recent horrific mosque attacks in that country, Intersections International stands in solidarity with our global neighbor and asks as many as are able, to submit your notes of condolences to the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who would like to write letters of love, support and solidarity to the mosques affected, may do so at these addresses:
Al Noor Mosque - 101 Deans Ave, Riccarton, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Linwood Islamic Centre - 223A Linwood Avenue, Linwood, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand
In Love, Grace and Humanity, we stand together against hatred, white supremacy, religious intolerance, racism, xenophobia, extremism of any sort.
- BlogThu, 21 Mar 2019International Day for the Elimination of Racial...
On March 21, 1960, South African police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa.
Since 1966, UNESCO has declared this day be remembered as an International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.The Collegiate Church has a rich history in solidarity with the struggle to end the policy of apartheid in South Africa.
That history is a healing balm to the wound many still feel in knowing that the Dutch Reformed Church helped erect the system of racial discrimination and supported its scaffolding.
As we continue on our Lenten journey of reflection, I invite reflection on and appreciation of all of our history as we continue in that work to eliminate discrimination of all kinds in this world.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Julie Johnson-Staples
Collegiate Senior Minister serving as Executive Director of Intersections International
- BlogMon, 18 Mar 2019Why I Run
My first long run, longer than two miles at least, was in Army Basic Training. It was a non-trivial feat, even though I ran in cadence at a slow pace. My first truly long run was a few years later. I ran for an hour at a faster pace than I was used to. I achieved my first runner’s high. It was then that I understood and appreciated running.
Every place I’ve lived for the past decade, post-Army, I’ve found a worthwhile route to run regularly. I need it. When I first moved to NYC, the Upper West Side, I ran through Central Park a few times, but found running through Riverside Park much more pleasant. Time and time again, when the weather permitted, I ran through this gauntlet of sun bathers, BBQers, random sports players, dog walkers and other runners.
One of my favorite places to run was in the Bronx. My route was up through Van Cortland Park. I would run past hissing highways and past the golf course, past people fishing and under the canopy of trees. If you go deep enough, you can imagine an endless forest, and not the big city just around the corner. Or you can turn into the open part of the park where people play soccer, baseball and cricket. At the edge of the park was a place to do pull-ups, perfect for making the run back even harder.
In Spokane, Washington, I learned to love running by the Spokane River, a long quiet run by fresh, rushing water. And now, in Seattle, the bay is the perfect companion for a run. You feel the strong winds as ships of all sizes sail by.
Funny thing is, as a young boy, I thought people who ran just to run were odd. I enjoyed sports, but the few times I had to run, I found it immensely boring and even painful. It was only when I went into a smaller unit in the Army, where long runs and solitary runs were required, that I started to love running. That runner’s high I mentioned certainly helped, but I also had time to think or just space out as I got into my own rhythm and flow, my own meditative state, feeling my body and breathing in my environment.
When I run these days, I do so to clear my mind and reset to zero. I’m not gonna lie; sometimes I run harder than I should. Lung-searing hard, I try to see at which point my heart will hurt, because sometimes you have to run hard to forget your troubles and your failures. I’m just glad that my knees allow running to happen, allow me to forget for a moment.
One day I’ll be old, knees broken down and aching back, and I won’t be able to run to forget. Where will I be? What will I do? I suppose, I’ll be nothing but memories then, staring out a foggy window in my wheelchair looking at running paths in parks. I hope not. Until then, I’ll run.
- BlogFri, 15 Mar 2019Vigil for those killed and wounded in the terror...
As-Salam-u-Alaikum. My name is Barbara Costigan. I am the Chair of the Board of Deacons of the Collegiate Churches of New York. I sit on the Governing Board of Intersections International, a global social justice ministry of the Collegiate Churches and I am a member of Marble Collegiate Church. The Collegiate Churches have a long tradition of promoting enduring interfaith relationships. Personally, I believe that what happened in the mosques in New Zealand and what could happen here in New York is just geography. I believe that the only thing that can overcome fear and hatred is LOVE. We interfaith people must eat together, converse together, march together, and study one another's scriptures together as in Scriptural Reasoning. I am very sorry for what happened to the Muslim community in New Zealand and what happened to the Jewish community in Pittsburgh. I also worry what could happen to Christian communities in Palestine and Pakistan. I have worked together with several interfaith brothers and sisters who are here today. We know our only hope is to continue to work together. Thank you. more...
- BlogSat, 10 Nov 2018The Wars Have Come Home - Remembering the...
November 11, 2018 marks the 100th commemoration of the signing of the armistice agreement in France between World War I Allies and Germany. The goal was to stop hostilities on the western front of the war. It took effect at 11 o’clock that morning, expiring after 36 days. It wasn’t until the Treaty of Versailles was signed in... more...
- BlogFri, 14 Sep 2018Murray Sams, Jr Recalls Birmingham Church Bombing
Mr. Murray Sams, Jr. is an Army Veteran with six years of service. He joined in 1964 and was stationed in Munich, Germany where he was with the Fifth Battalion, 32nd Armory as a gunner and tank commander. But before his heroic service, the 74 year old was working as an orderly at Hillman Hospital in Alabama on a Sunday morning 55 years... more...