James A. Forbes — American Clergyman

James Alexander Forbes, Jr. is the Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church, an interdenominational church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City. He was the first African American minister to lead this multicultural congregation, and served it for 18 years... (wikipedia)

When people rely on surface appearances and false racial stereotypes, rather than in-depth knowledge of others at the level of the heart, mind and spirit, their ability to assess and understand people accurately is compromised.
Let's be cautious about relying so much on material things that we have no energy left for the spiritual aspects of our lives.
In minor crises, the preacher can extract himself emotionally and allow others to express grief and fear and doubt while he remains strong.
The saddest face I ever saw on Martin Luther King was at the funeral of the four little girls slain in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Occupy Wall Street project feels like a burning ember that might light the torch of justice and inflame our longing for freedom.

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