MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:
and finally today, we wanted to acknowledge that it be been complicated for a lot of of us to suppose in regards to the events of this previous week without a good volume of anxiety or anger or confusion about what comes subsequent. perhaps you’re hunting for some phrases of wisdom or consolation that will also be heard above all of the shouting. For that, we requested one of the vital faith leaders who we’ve talked to during the past on this software to share a few of their concepts for the latest second. we are going to birth with Bishop Michael Curry presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.
MICHAEL CURRY: Three questions i am finding constructive in at the present time of difficulty and worry for us all. once in a while it helps to just ask, what hurts? what’s wrong? And in this time of pandemic, it be effective to name the place the ache is coming from. it be important for those that are in poor health or who have died to be aware them, to let their memory be a blessing. but then don’t cease there. After you ask what hurts, ask what helps to be superior and to be greater and to undergo, to live to tell the tale and even to thrive. and then lastly, however now not least, what can i do to help? What am i able to do to be a blessing to somebody else? What hurts, what helps, how am i able to aid – might also smartly make the entire difference when we are living these questions.
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SHMUEL HERZFELD: Shalom. this is Shmuel Herzfeld. This previous week became probably the most problematic weeks in our country’s heritage. As I referred to as people this week to wish them a Shabbat shalom, many americans have been crying as they referred to how they under no circumstances might have imagined this and the way they had been devastated, simply with ease devastated about what they have been seeing in our nation. but our job is not to let this hatred overtake our lives.
Our faith teaches us that the primary component we’re purported to do when we wake up every morning is to spend time expressing our gratitude, to discover whatever that we’re grateful for. i know for me in my opinion, daily I categorical our gratitude to these health care worker’s who’re on the front traces serving our nation, categorical our gratitude for all those that are involved within the making of a vaccine, of distributing this vaccine. all of us should be waking up each morning and announcing, how can we make a difference in other people’s lives? How will we be a supply of superb power? How do we be a source for respectable in this world and never let the hatred it’s being spewed from americans in positions of vigor – now not let that overtake our lives or overtake our country?
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JACQUI LEWIS: i’m the Reverend Dr. Jacqui Lewis, and that i am the senior minister of core Collegiate Church in ny. The revolt that was incited by means of a sitting president this past Wednesday has bowled over most of us to the core. and many of us are announcing here is no longer who we are. but as an African American girl whose ancestors survived chattel slavery, survived Jim Crow, survived migrating to Chicago, to Omaha, Neb., to areas in all places the north and raised babies and made a method out of no way, notwithstanding this is who we are and who we have now been, i know the first rate americans far and wide can make a transformation, can transform their situations, and that after we bind our hearts together, we will do great issues to heal our land and to heal ourselves.
It is this piece of tune written by a Black man and set to song by using his brother that conjures up me these days. or not it’s the so-referred to as Negro country wide anthem, sung for the first time by means of 500 college students in a segregated college to have a good time President Lincoln and the way that he and his administration emancipated enslaved Africans. hearken to this poem as a prayer.
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BOYS CHOIR OF HARLEM: (Singing) God of our weary years…
LEWIS: God of our weary years, God of our silent tears…
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BOYS CHOIR OF HARLEM: (Singing) God of our silent tears…
LEWIS: …Thou who has introduced us so far on the style, thou who has, via thy could, led us into the easy. retain us forever in the path, we pray. Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, the place we met thee. Lest our hearts, under the influence of alcohol with the wine of the realm, we forget thee. Shadowed beneath thy hand, may additionally we always stand true to our God, true to our homeland.
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BOYS CHOIR OF HARLEM: (Singing) elevate each voice and sing till Earth and heaven ring. Ring with the harmonies of liberty. lift each voice and sing. Let our rejoicing upward push high as listening skies. Let it resound loud as the rolling sea. raise each voice and sing a music. elevate every voice and sing a music. carry every voice and sing a music. dealing with the rising solar of a new day begun, let us march on. allow us to march on till victory is gained.
MARTIN: now we have been paying attention to “elevate each Voice And Sing,” carried out by way of the Boys Choir of Harlem. We heard from Bishop Michael Curry, Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld and Reverend Jacqui Lewis. Transcript provided by using NPR, Copyright NPR.