Sunday, February 7th, in Cleveland, at North Presbyterian Church.
The service was full of music and hope. Pastor Charlie Hurst shared the story of Ida B. Wells (1862-1931). Ida Wells was a journalist, sociologist, suffragist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights movement. She had many accomplishments. One of them was to help bring the barbaric practice of lynching to an end. Thousands of people, mostly African-American men, were murdered in this horrific way by racist mobs. "Today, that would be called terrorism," Charlie said.
Unfortunately, racism and violence have not been brought to an end in the United States. We still have a long way to go to ensure that all citizens, regardless of ethnicity, are treated as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., would have us treated, "according to the content of our characters," not based on the color of our skin. In other words, we are falling short of ensuring that all people living in the United States are treated with dignity or even that their basic human rights are being respected. This is a sad reality in the United States in the 21st century.
How do we go about creating the Beloved Community that is welcoming and inclusive of all?
|Brenda had made this painting to remember a man named Leo, who recently passed away at the age of 52. He had been a mental health worker until he became too ill to work.|
|The former bank is an early 20th century structure. In the United States, that is seen as historic, but, in much of the world, that is seen as a relatively new building. It was designed by architect George B. Post.|
|At the time, Cleveland was experiencing tremendous economic growth. The bank opened its doors in 1908.|
|Today, the building is now known as Heinen's Grocery store.|
|On Thursday afternoon, lake effect snow came down hard. It was something to watch. I took pictures of snowfall from safely inside the house.|
|The neighbors' pool is closed.|
|I really like taking pictures of snow scenes in black and white.|
|Thursday was good day to stay indoors, which was OK for me because I was still too weak to go anywhere. I could, however, see that the medicine was starting to work.|
|The snow kept falling. It made a good spectator sport.|
|At times, there were whiteout conditions.|
|By Friday, I was back in the land of the living. No more continuous loop, illness-induced nightmares. Still not ready to go outdoors, so I took more snow pictures through windows.|
|This used to be a garden. Now it is just a vast expanse of whiteness.|
|What the heck? Could I be doomed?|
|Apples come in so many varieties and sizes. Both went into the fruit salad.|
|Today, it is still cold, not as cold as yesterday. It is also my last day of my self-imposed quarantine. Tomorrow, I will venture out, briefly, into the lovely white winter world.|