Oklahoma – “All Er Nothing”

…The Very Rev. Justin Lindstrom and The Rev. Canon Susan Colley Joplin pulled off an amazing Women’s Equality Day Vigil in less than 48 hours notice.  State Senator Connie Johnson her passion and commitment to serve all moved me beyond words and Margaret Cox a die-hard activist who has lead the way on many social justice issue here is most impressive, in…
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A Cloud of Witnesses

…Utah is Mormon country, and top officials of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (as the church is formally known) are vigorously opposed to admitting women to the priesthood, a role to which virtually all male Mormon adults are ordained. In fact, the church recently publicly excommunicated a woman, a lifelong and dedicated…
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“See Ya Tomorrow”

When I embarked on this Pilgrimage for the ERA I knew it would be difficult.  Difficult is an understatement!  As I slowly make my way from the Golden Gate bridge to Washington D.C.  I pray for those whom I care for and those I have met in the course of day to day affairs.  My…
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“Lady of Walsingham, I lift up Godfather Bob”

Helene Swanson and the Rev. Robert T. Coolidge at the Chapel of the Lady of Walsingham, Trinity Church Seneca Falls, NY on July 29, 2012 on her first pilgrimage to promote the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment following morning prayer lead by Rev. Coolidge.  Photo Credit: William Swanson Dearest Family and Friends, It was…
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Listen to The Night

On the side of the road I met a Native American/Indian sage who instructed me to listen to the night when he and I exchanged stories. Inspired by his words I wrote the following poem.  Read more → Listen To The Night Reaching out I listen to the night In the darkness I find the light…
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The Scream

One of my first college writing assignments was on The Scream. I identified with it as the painting invoked strong feelings as I thought of my mother who lost all of her hair when a red brick fell nine stories striking her smack dab in the middle of her skull as she had thrown herself…
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Open the Floodgates

This amazing pilgrimage I am making across the United States of America for the Equal Rights Amendment is dedicated to my beloved husband Brother William Gaines Swanson who stood by my side and encouraged me to undertake the calling his mother the Rev. Katrina Swanson asked us to undertake in her last year of life.  Read…
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Some Theses in Connection with the Ordination of Women

Some Theses in Connection with the Ordination of Women By the Rev. Frans Josef van Beeck, S.J. An Episcopal bishop (who shall remain unnamed here) misquoted van Beeck in the House of Bishops’ emergency meeting following the July 29, 1974 ordination of eleven women priests.  This led the bishops to rule that the ordinations were…
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Every State Needs a Law against Torture

Your State Needs This Law 1.  A person is guilty of torture if he intentionally causes severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, to be inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person…
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Episcopal Church Condemns the Doctrine of Discovery

Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church call upon the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Queen Elizabeth II, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, to disavow and publicly repudiate the claimed validity of the doctrine of discovery against all peoples, specifically…
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Embracing the Silence of Death and Life

by George Swanson Introduction During the sixteen months that my wife was dying of colonic cancer I sort of fell into silent prayer.  Well, I was also pushed. I fell this way.  The hospice nurse told me always to sleep when Katrina did.  That way I would be rested and ready for action if we…
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Email after the 2009 Episcopal Convention

Dear Family and Friends, Just a few minutes ago the House of Bishops concurred with a previous action by the House of Deputies and passed resolution C020 against torture “in any location in the world.” The first to speak to the resolution was George Packard, Bishop for Chaplaincies, including the Armed forces of the United…
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Press Release: Malcolm Boyd’s New Poem

Manset, Maine – June 25, 2009 – Katrina’s Dream published a new poem today by Malcolm Boyd about torture in American prisons.  The poem connects torture in our American jails and \in Anaheim this July to pass a resolution asking Congress to outlaw torture in American jails and prisons.  The resolution is on the internet…
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First Email from the 2009 Episcopal Convention

Dear Family and Friends, The General Convention is a window into the Episcopal Church. The exhibit hall is one example.  We see the foolish expenditure of lavish booths — some with piles of silver and gold chalices costing thousands and thousands of dollars — displayed in architecturally marvelous booths.  There are also booths of indigenous…
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The Poem Challenges Torture

Katrina’s Dream published a new poem today by Malcolm Boyd about torture in American prisons.  The poem connects torture in our American jails and prisons with Jesus’ suffering.  The publication is timed to encourage the Episcopal Convention in Anaheim this July to pass a resolution asking Congress to outlaw torture in American jails and prisons. …
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Malcolm Boyd’s Poem

We’ve mainstreamed torture, haven’t we, Jesus?  Turned it into just another word in the clutter of everyday news. Not something to work up any sweat about. It seems to me our worst sin is to torture people who are already in our power as prisoners. Like people in our prisons. Like Bobby Dellelo. The 33…
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A Resolution for General Convention on Indigenous Peoples

Title: Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery Resolved, the House of _____________ concurring, That the 76th General Convention direct The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori to write to the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Queen Elizabeth II, urging her majesty to disavow and to repudiate publicly the claimed validity of the doctrine…
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