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To hear a Republican politician’s prayer

With so many of our leaders once again offering thoughts and prayers following another mass shooting, I find myself wondering what those thoughts and prayers sound like.

What are you praying for, and what does the shape of your prayer reveal about God? When people lie slaughtered, today in Texas, yesterday in Vegas, the day before in Orlando, what words do your hearts send to God? When school children are sliced and diced by weapons designed for no other purpose, how do you shape a prayer?

You cannot possibly have been praying for these shootings to cease. If you’ve been begging Please, Lord, stop the killing—so many times now to have lost count—you should naturally be doubting your faith. That prayer isn’t being answered. If you believe all things happen through God, the slaughters are obviously part of His Great Plan. Your prayer, then, is a hopeless breath, slain silent in the chaos of so many rifle reports and final cries before death.

Do you pray for the souls to find heaven as the bereaved find solace in the wake of our sins? How does God hear that prayer, and only hours after you’ve prayed for further donations from those who profit from America’s addiction to weapons and fear? How does God allow comfort to the grieving when tomorrow yet another parent will lose her child, yet another son his dad, all part of His Great Plan?

Do you pray for the killers to burn forever in hell? Oh, but you couldn’t. That wouldn’t be Christian.

Your prayers aside, honestly, what are these thoughts you keep sending? What are you thinking? Do you imagine the children strewn across the floor of a classroom splattered with blood? Do you keep in mind the portraits of those shot and trampled during a concert? Do you note their names, think of their humanity, wonder what they might have done the next day, had the gunman’s plan run aground? Do you imagine your own loved ones—or, perhaps, you yourself—shredded by the weapons your political allies peddle?

Or do you think the bereaved can now be counted on for votes? Because, let’s face it, in this dangerous country, where every Fate and Fury can buy a gun, they’ll need guns to keep them safe. And who’ll protect their access to guns, the very guns that kept their loved ones safe in school, at the concert, in church and on the dance floor, if not you, messenger of God, disciple of the word? Where would America be without you?

Where would God?

Prayer

Photo of Praying Hands by Albrecht Dürer from Wikipedia.


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Reading this Tuesday: Tuesday Funk, Chicago

If you’re in Chicago this Tuesday, I hope you’ll join me at The Hopleaf for Tuesday Funk #110. The exciting lineup includes Parneshia Jones, Henri Harps, Jeff Ruby and Britt Julious

I’ll be reading an excerpt from my manuscript-in-progress, which I expect to finish by the end of the year. I have not shared a single word of this manuscript with anyone yet, so Tuesday Funk revelers will be treated to a public premier. My current project is a memoir that deals with perceptions of race, and links between racism, trauma and forms of abuse.

The vitals:

Tuesday, November 7th.
Admission is free, must be 21 to attend.
Doors open at 7pm sharp, show starts at 7:30pm. 

5148 N. Clark St., Chicago

Please RSVP on Facebook — and if you haven’t yet, please like Tuesday Funk’s page so you get their announcements right in your stream.

This is me writing at Volumes:

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Photo by Rebecca George.


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Concert to fight white supremacy

New Yorkers: in a response to the insane Republican white supremacy movement, with its hateful hashtag #gasthesynagogue,  Abraham, Inc. are throwing a party,  and everyone is invited to join them at Symphony Space THIS SUN, SEPT 24th at 7pm. This concert benefits the NYCLU/American Civil Liberties Union, and features some absolutely  brilliant, legendary musicians, including Marc Ribot (of those Tom Waits tracks) and Fred Wesley (of those James Brown and George Clinton tracks).

The New York press has largely ignored this concert, doing little to share the news. I hope that followers of Liquid Ink, especially that loyal constituency in NYC, can help spread the word.

Sunday, September 24th, Sympthony Space, New York City, 7:00 PM

Here’s from David Krakauer’s Facebook Event page:

In this benefit concert for the NYCLU/American Civil Liberties Union, some of today’s most beloved genre-bending artists join forces in a wild concert. Don’t miss the chance to see them all in one place! This concert is CO-SPONSORE by JFREJ.

– 10-piece supergroup ABRAHAM INCORPORATED 
– Guitar legend MARC RIBOT with “Songs of Resistance”
– Members of the renowned Grammy-winning SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE
– KATHLEEN TAGG & ANDRE PETERSEN: “Where Worlds Collide”

ABOUT THE CONCERT:
ABRAHAM INC. (led by DAVID KRAKAUER, FRED WESLEY, SOCALLED) 
with SHERYL BAILEY, JEROME HARRIS, MICHAEL SARIN, TARON BENSON, EDDIE ALLEN, BRANDON WRIGHT, ALLEN WATSKY, ALICIA KRAKAUER 
Special Guest: FRANK LONDON of The Klezmatics


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Intimate nights with Duo KaMa

If you’re in Chicago this week, you won’t want to miss these small, intimate concerts with the electrifying Duo KaMa.  Violinist Maria Storm and pianist Kathy Tagg combine energy, technical mastery and a beguiling, enchanting aesthetic to captivate you. Click here for recordings of them performing Debussy, Dvorak and Nigun, and just imagine how they would sound in a salon.

This week you have the chance to hear them in house concerts as well as an intriguing date at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. This is the last chance to hear Duo KaMa play in Chicago in 2017.

Here are the dates and locations:

House Concert,
Thursday, September 14th, 7:00 PM
1146 S Taylor, Oak Park, Illinois

Gallery Concert
Saturday, September 16, 7:00 PM
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W Chicago Avenue

House Concert
Sunday, September 17, 4:00 PM
5850 W Race Chicago, IL

I hope to see you there.

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Commuting The Danish Way

Hey, everyone, I’m working on a manuscript at the moment that’s keeping me away from Liquid Ink. In the meantime, I’ll reblog items I find fascinating on WordPress. Here’s one I think you’ll like. (I loved it.)

MADSMIKKELSEN .COM

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When commuting, try taking the scenic route. It’s #TheDanishWay.
Inspired? Find out more: http://bit.ly/2ss3alS

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