Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sing a new world into being!!

I don't know if I have ever been so moved by the words of a hymn. I heard this Saturday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, it is sung to the tune of "Joyful, joyful we adore thee" The new lyrics are by Mary Bringle. I hope it speaks to you as well.

Sing a new world into being, sound a bold and hopeful theme.
Find a tune for silent yearnings, lend your voice and dare to dream.
Dream a church where all who worship find their lives and loves belong.
Sing a new world into being, sing as Christ inspires your song.

Sing a new world into being, where each gender class and race.
Brings its rainbow gifts and colors to God’s limitless embrace.
Where the lines that once divided form instead the ties that bind.
Sing a new world into being, Risk transforming heart and mind.

Sing a new world into being, where the homeless find a home.
Where no children ever hunger, but are filled with God’s shalom.
Where all people work for justice, where all hate and vengeance cease.
Sing a new world into being, raise the harmonies of peace.

Sing a new world into being, Join the ancient prophets’ cry.
For a time of health and plenty, when all tears have been wiped dry.
When compassion flows like waters, pouring balm for all who grieve.
Sing a new world into being, live the promise you believe.  

You can find this is the new GIA/National Baptist Convention Hymnal, "Total Praise"

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Atlanta : Black millionaires and hockey players

 It's February and of course that means Black History! I began my observance of this month by watching the Atlanta Thrashers play the New York Islanders on SportSouth here in Atlanta. You immediately get the connection between hockey and black history, right? No, ok, i'll help you. I am very proud of our NHL franchise here in Atlanta as we dress for action 5 of the leagues 17 black players. Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane (named after Atlanta's own Evander Holyfield), Anthony Stewart, Johnny Oduya and Nigel Dawes. The Thrashers also picked up Sebastian Owuya in the 6th round of the NHL entry draft in July making a possible 6th in the future lineup! Maybe you wonder why I am being so politically incorrect with my use of "black" and not "African American" well actually this was not a typo or insensitivity on my part, you see only Byfuglien, from Minneapolis is American.  The rest of the group coming from either Europe or Canada. This just 53 years after
Willie O'Ree broke the color barrier in hockey wearing the number 22 with the Boston Bruins from 1957 to 1979. O'Ree could not have conceived of an NHL locker room with the diversity of the Thrashers, as he was the NHL's lone player of color for 16 seasons. Edmonton Oiler's goaltender Grant Fuhr holds 2 distinctions worthy of note as the first player of African decent to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup and then later to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

For more on Thrashers diversity check out this AP article :