Category Archives: Marginalized

MLK Day 2018: A New Means of Lynching

This morning, I had the honor of being the Guest Speaker at the 26th Annual Pre-MLK Day Breakfast, sponsored by the Parker County, Texas NAACP Branch #6321.  I spoke immediately after the viewing of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” … Continue reading

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Remote Intimacy

It seems to me that my prayer life has never been one that I would have hoped for. It’s not that I don’t recognize the importance prayer in my life, I simply don’t find or make, nor do I prioritize, … Continue reading

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Adventus Christi

Adventus. Advent. That period of time we have come to know as the lead up to Christmas and the coming of Christ. But over the years, it has become much more than the start of the Christian calendar and the … Continue reading

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CUIC’s Statement on White Nationalism and White Supremacism

Churches Uniting In Christ released this very important statement today. CUIC is made up of the following communions, representing approximately 20,000,000 congregants in the U.S.: AME AMEZ CME Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Episcopal Church Presbyterian USA International Council of … Continue reading

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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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An Open Letter to The Council of Bishops

Today, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, the President of the Council of Bishops released the following statement: To the People Called United Methodist: Grace and peace in the name of Jesus Christ! On the eve of Advent and in the post-election … 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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Hispanic/Latin@ millennials and the Church

This past April, I attended a gathering of Hispanic/Latin@ church leaders with the intent of discussing how to reach Hispanic/Latin@ millennials for the church.  There was great diversity of denominations, national origin, language and polity among this group.  I was … 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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