The Matrix movies are chock full of preaching and teaching material. If you love the series, like thinking theologically about film, want to turn conversations to matters of faith, offer a topical bible study, or plan a sermon series; then, the Free Your Mind: Thinking Theologically about the Matrix (On Demand) master class is for you! In four videos Doctors William H. Curtis, Jerry M. Carter, Raquel & Lydell Lettsome, Claybon Lea and I align the main characters with biblical archetypes and draw parallels with pop culture. If you’d like to mine The Matrix movies for meaning, sign up for this on demand master class!
A diverse group of interfaith clergy lifting our prophetic voices to call attention to Social Injustices against Black Americans. Our specific focus is on:
(1) Seeking justice for Black people murdered by police;
(2) Calling for police accountability; and
(3) Taking specific action steps in each incident.
On a national level, we support the Congressional Black Caucus in:
• Pushing Congress and the federal government to pass laws and utilize federal oversight to:
o Stop the assault on Black Americans; and
o Protect peaceful protestors’ constitutional rights.
We are aligned with the #United4Reform Agenda Action Items on Police Reform
• De-certify or terminate police officers who use lethal force in non-violent offenses
• Eliminate the use of choke holds in all forms
• Create a national database registry to restrict re-hiring of law enforcement officers that were terminated with cause by other cities or states Require all police officers to wear body cameras and terminate officers who intentionally turn off their cameras
• Require de-escalation training and unconscious bias training for all police officers
• Require psychological evaluation of police officers before hiring, and periodic evaluations while employed
• Require a citizens’ review board to review and report police misconduct complaints
• Mandate gun-violence prevention education and training
• Push for the passage of hate crime statutes
On State, County and Local levels, the CCC Alliance stands in solidarity with one another, as well as officials and organizations who are willing to advocate for:
• Recruiting, training, and promoting law enforcement personnel that possess the psychological, emotional, and cultural capacity for law enforcement work and assess them every three years to ensure that they have maintained that capacity
In our worship places, we equip and empower congregations and communities to join us in doing justice in their neighborhoods through such initiatives as Faith in Action at First Baptist Church of Vienna in Virginia, where Vernon C. Walton is the Senior Pastor.
Black Girl Magic is a movement that celebrates the beauty, power, resilience, and accomplishments of Black women. Yasmine Jameelah, CEO & Founder of Transparent Black Girl, is doing just that! In world that notices physical violence against Black men and sexual violence against White women, Transparent Black Girl is putting young Black women’s wellness on the center-stage. Yasmine leads the Transparent Black Girl tribe in celebrating radical self-care and promoting body positivity activism. She’s not ashamed to let the world know that she prays and goes to therapy. She meditates on the Word of God that tells her she’s “fearfully and wonderfully made” AND she marches at peaceful Black Lives Matter protests to help the world see the same.
DENVILLE, NJ — The Denville Voices Against Racial Injustice held a demonstration in Downtown Denville at McCarter Park on Bloomfield Avenue, Mon., June 8, in recognition of the death of George Floyd. Denville Voices Against Racial Injustice is a group of diverse individuals who strive to bring awareness and act for equity and equality for Denville residents.
George Floyd was an 46-year-old African-American man who, on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, died while white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd had originally been restrained by the police on suspicion of using a counterfeit bill. Since his death, there have been demonstrations and protests against police brutality and racism across the nation in more than 80 cities, and around the world; some resulting in violent riots and looting.
There was no such violence or mayhem in Denville on Monday. More than 600 people peacefully gathered, wearing face masks and gloves due to the COVID-19 pandemic, carrying protest signs. Some signs read “No Justice No Peace,” “Silence is Violence,” and “I Can’t Breathe,” latter statement is what Floyd said repeatedly as he begged for his life.