I did my second sermon for class today. It went well. But I knew it would. I really liked my readings for it (Mark 14:3-9, Genesis 38:6-26 and “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes), especially since I got to choose them.
Now I have to think about sermon #3. And I thought that I would throw a question out to you: what sermon do you really wish a minister would preach? Is there a passage of scripture that you think needs to be heard from the pulpit?
For those of us for whom African American history is a special research interest, John Hope Franklin is a big name.
Dr. Franklin died this morning at Duke University Medical Center.
It is a great loss.
Born right outside of Tulsa in 1915, Dr. Franklin many times told the story of the race riots that happened in Tulsa in 1921. He was one of the last surviving witnesses to it.
A graduate of Fisk University, Dr. Franklin received his Ph.D from Harvard in 1941.
During his long career Dr. Franklin taught at Howard University, the University of Chicago and Duke University, where he was named Professor Emeritus in 1985.
Dr. Franklin was an avid gardener, with a special passion for orchids.
Rest in peace Dr. Franklin, rest in peace.
I’ve been quiet recently doing actual work. After Spring Break I should be back online.
In the meantime, I’m off to New Orleans for a rebuilding trip with Gulf Coast Volunteers for the Long Haul. If you’ve never heard of them you can go to their website at http://www.longhaulvolunteers.org .
One of my dearest friends, Kate, wrote a comment on the one of my earlier posts in this thread and brought up the subject of preschool. And I think she has a point. Kate says:
I paid approximately $500 a month for my daughter to go to preschool full-time.
$500 x 12 = $6000 a year.
If you think college is expensive, try daycare.
And Kate now has a new baby. So when the baby goes into daycare the price will be higher because it’s a baby. (Kate’s oldest child is now in school) And I’m not even going to go into the fact that Kate is paying law school tuition.
So let’s talk pre-school and/or daycare. Why is the US the only country in the “industrialized” world where childcare puts parents in no-win situations?