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Repentance, Racial Healing & Reconciliation, Radical Love

One Tribe is a weekly forum dedicated to open discussion of racial healing. It appears each Monday.  Contributors represent many walks of life, but have in common these foundational beliefs: (1) racism is sin; (2) only the power of Christ through the Holy Spirit can break racism’s grip and heal people and relationships; and (3) as Christians, racial healing and reconciliation are part of God’s call upon our lives.  The good news of the gospel is that all are one in Christ (Gal 3:28). May it be so!

All who hold to the above defined beliefs about racism are invited to write for One Tribe.  Please email Angie at revmabrynauta@gmail.com to express interest in contributing and for additional information.

I am taking the week off from blogging to enjoy this last week of summer with my preciouses (aka, my children).  We are gonna soak up each of these waning moments together that we have!

Nonetheless, I couldn’t help but share in Redbud Writer’s Guild sister Natasha Robinson’s joy when I read one of her Facebook posts.  Although I’m a Reformed Christian and don’t do the saints thing, I rejoice in this appointment, as, at the very least, this awesome sister in ministry embodies the breaking down of color and sex barriers.  Hallelujah!

Pauli Murray Named a Saint in the episcopal Church

(originally posted on the website of The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education)

Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray True Community Mural (photo credit: Courtesy Face Up Project, Center for Documentary Studies)

Pauli Murray, the civil rights crusader and first African American woman ordained as a priest by the Episcopal Church, was elevated to sainthood in the church’s roster of “Holy Women, Holy Men.”

A native of Baltimore, Pauli Murray was orphaned at age 13. She went to Durham, North Carolina to live with an aunt. After graduating from high school at the age of 16, she enrolled in Hunter College in New York City. She was forced to drop out of school at the onset of the Great Depression. In 1938, she mounted an unsuccessful legal effort to gain admission to the all-white University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1940, 15 years earlier than Rosa Parks, Murray was arrested for refusing to sit in the back of a bus in Virginia. She enrolled at the Howard University in 1941 and earned her degree in 1944. She later graduated from the Boalt Law School at the University of California at Berkeley.

She became a leader of the civil rights movement and was critical of the its leadership for not including more women in their ranks. In 1977, Murray, at the age of 66, was ordained a priest of the Episcopal Church. She died in Pittsburgh in 1985 after suffering from cancer.

For more information, visit the website of the Pauli Murray Project at Duke University.

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