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Friday, June 23, 2017

I am Alive

Some days I wake up filled with strength and vigor. I can do anything. I can be the best that is inside me. Then, there are the days when I wake up and feel that I am defeated before I start. Wow! I sometimes forget to say “Thanks, I am awake” until I reach for my kippah (head cover). It reminds me that there is something so much greater than I am. My day begins with gratitude– the reminder works.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Celebrating with Pride

Many in our community will put on costumes, change their normal appearances, get dressed up and decked out to prepare for Pride celebrations. My advice is that no matter what changes we make to our appearances – we stay true to ourselves. It is so easy to get lost in the moment.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Living Through Depression

Depression– melancholy, despair, and unhappiness – is one of the greatest misfortunes and it has crept into the crevices and corridors of our faith communities. Anyone so suffering should seek pastoral and/or professional counseling and stay completely committed to their healing and recovery.

Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore (MCC Baltimore) will celebrate 45 years of ministry and service to the Baltimore community on May 20th and 21st. Under the theme “Positioned for Greatness,” the weekend’s events will commence with a leadership symposium on Saturday, May 20th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rev. Martin Espinosa, nationally recognized teacher and speaker, will facilitate the symposium, which is being presented at no cost and is open to the community. Rev. Espinosa is the senior pastor of Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee. The celebration will continue Sunday, May 21st, with Rev. Espinosa as the guest preacher for the 10 a.m. morning worship service. Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson, senior pastor of MCC Baltimore’s sister church in Washington, D.C., will serve as the guest preacher for the afternoon service at 3 p.m.

Friday, May 12, 2017

I Remember Mamma

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. My mom passed almost seven months ago. This will be my first without her. We didn’t have a good relationship, and near the end, we didn’t have one at all. Her mind slipped away, her worst attributes came to the surface, and it was difficult for all. But even then, the ritual continued. I would order her chocolate-covered strawberries to be delivered the day before. I would call on Mother’s Day and remind her of who I was. Sometimes she remembered, and sometimes she did not. But it didn’t matter, I remembered her.

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