Category Archives: law

Today I went to Church!

I went to church today. Even though I was attending the GCORR Open-Space Summit, it wasn’t at this morning’s worship service. As I walked into our worship area at the Albuquerque convention center I saw signs posted with directions to … Continue reading

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Looking Death in the eye…in the Courtroom.

Well, the jury has been selected, the witnesses sworn in, the defense team has had its last minute meetings to tie up loose ends.  And tomorrow, the trial begins.  The State of Texas is seeking to kill one of its … Continue reading

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Four Little Girls

Every year, since 2012, I have posted this piece I wrote.  In light of today’s racial unrest, particularly from the campaign trail, we need to hear these words more today than  ever. By Vince Gonzales, September, 2012   Four little … Continue reading

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Churches Uniting In Christ Responds to Violence in Orlando and Multiple Police

In June and July of this year, Churches Uniting In Christ has responded to the pandemic of gun violence that has rocked our Nation.   Churches Uniting in Christ is a covenant relationship among eleven Christian communions that have pledged to … Continue reading

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A Few Bad Apples

Yesterday afternoon, I was on the streets of Fort Worth, interviewing homeless men and women regarding one of my cases. The topic of the police came up and I made a comment about how I assumed the homeless in that … Continue reading

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A Statement on the Orlando Shooting

On the somber anniversary of the Mother Emanual shooting, Churches Uniting in Christ released the following statement: Statement on the Mass Shooting at Pulse Nightclub, Orlando, FL On this, the anniversary of the mass shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church … Continue reading

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Yet again!

Another day, another mass shooting. We deflect our anger so as to not impinge upon our gun ownership. We deflect our anger so as to not have to look in the mirror at our own image of apathy. Nothing will … Continue reading

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Ali! Ali! Ali!

“As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him and who helped as many of his people as he could … I guess I’d settle for being remembered only as a great boxing champion who … Continue reading

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A Prayer for the Dead and Dying

Tonight I pray for the families of Craig Turski, Gregory Martin and Gus Garcia. Craig and Gregory were senselessly shot down during separate robberies. Gus was convicted of the shooting of Mr. Turski. He was also suspected of the murder … Continue reading

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Liberty and Justice for All Initiative

Today, in Washington D.C., the Liberty and Justice for All Initiative wrapped up a conference at which churches have been asked to make  racism and racially-motivated violence a thing of the past. With that in mind, I stood before my … Continue reading

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