Meetings took place this week to discuss the need for action to be taken to clean up the NC coal ash ponds that Governor McCrory consistently turned a blind eye to. Not too many people knew of those important meetings trying to give voice to an outcry of the people over the need for clean drinking water because all eyes were on Raleigh. One of many distractions under the guise of a ‘bathroom bill’ that took place this week. There were a lot of misunderstandings, fear and propaganda being spewed but since it is an election year I hope that the people of North Carolina will see the bigger picture, that of politicians who could care less about either side of the issue and simply saw this an opportunity to sell fear for political gain. They are hoping we will forget about things like the coal ash ponds, gerrymandering, budget mismanagement and so much more by distracting us with divisive politics.

 

It is easy to feel powerless when something like this happens and yet there is something very powerful we each can do…VOTE! Let this legalized discrimination fuel the fire of passionate change for our state and our country. Get involved. Don’t just vote but volunteer, donate, help those that want to build an inclusive society.

(More on that below)

 

That is one very important and very tangible thing we can do but there’s more. It is more vital now than ever that we keep our sites set on the type of world in which we wish to live and trust that this too is part of that evolution. Stay with me on this.

 

I remember in May of 2012 when Amendment 1 passed in North Carolina, defining marriage as being only between a man and a woman. The LGBT community and our allies were heartbroken and outraged. I was saddened by the outcome of that vote and yet I knew at the time that although I could not precisely give voice to it, that something bigger was taking place. June 2013 the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was overturned and deemed unconstitutional across our nation, followed by marriage equality recognized across the US by June 2015.

 

The NC Legislature wasted thousands of our dollars this week and the result was a reversal of civil rights for our state. This law makes it legal for a hotel to deny a room to a gay couple, for a restaurant to kick out a person because she is transgender, and for a city contractor to fire an employee because of his or her sexuality. And if a North Carolinian is discriminated against based on race, religion, gender, national origin, or even disability, he or she does not have any legal recourse in state court. Yes, I can feel my blood pressure begin to rise as I type this so where was I going with “keeping our sites set on the world we wish to see?”

 

I have a spiritual foundation based on the belief that there is a higher power at work that is always pulling us toward an evolution of consciousness. Now more than ever I rely on my faith that says; somehow this too is part of an unfolding that will be for our highest and best. Unfortunately it took some pretty horrible things in the 60’s to wake us up as a society and push us beyond the racial divide that created horrific events like Bloody Sunday in Selma, AL.

 

The visual that I want us to take hold of at this time is that of an arrow being pulled back so that it may be propelled forward. I believe that this too will somehow propel us forward. There are too many people who believe in equality for any conservative group to silence that voice. We will not stop, we will not go away and we will continue to be a voice for inclusion even though discrimination has been temporarily legalized in our state. We will continue to hold the vision and know that everyone deserves to be treated equally, everyone deserves respect and the same protections under the laws of North Carolina and the United States and we will continue to know that the next major celebration WILL be when the Equality Act becomes law and makes discrimination anywhere in the US illegal.

#holdthevision

#staythecourse

#lovewins

 

 

Dustin Ingalls made this important list for us to have handy in November.

 From Dustin Ingalls….

 

“Don't stand on the sidelines. Put it all on the line in 2016…

Here is a list of strong candidates in competitive races who all deserve your financial support and your door knocks. They're all running against someone who supported HB2, and they can all do something about it when we elect them.

 

Roy Cooper. Everything starts with a new governor. https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/roycooper…

Linda Coleman for LG. Dan Forest needs to go. Period. https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-1440740063028312064

Josh Stein for AG. Buck Newton ran the bill on the Senate floor yesterday and attacked Roy and Josh. We need Josh as our chief legal officer and can't afford to have someone as retrograde as Buck. https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/josh-stein-2

Charles Meeker for Labor. He'll go to bat for workers and enforce labor protections. And replace Cherie Berry's face in the elevators. https://charlesmeeker.nationbuilder.com/donate

Cynthia Ball for NC House 49 against Gary Pendleton (Wake). 50-50 race between Obama and Romney in 2012. Pendleton barely survived in 2014. https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-9038178425476413440

Chaz Beasley for NC House 92 against Charles Jeter (Mecklenburg). Obama won this seat by 6 points in 2012. It's our most winnable seat on paper, but Chaz can't beat Jeter's moneybags without you ponying up. https://act.myngp.com/Forms/7154232559757494272

Rhonda Schandevel for NC House 118 versus Michele Presnell (Haywood, Yancey, etc.). Another seat we should have in our pocket. Haywood County School Board member running against a villain. https://act.myngp.com/Forms/5080606406330091520

Susan Perry Evans for NC Senate 17 versus Tamara Barringer (Wake). Susan is a school board member who was part of the 2011 sweep of the GOP out of power. This is an R+3 seat that keeps trending blue. http://susanevansncsenate.com/donate

Terence Everitt for NC House 35 versus Chris Malone (Wake). Malone is a reviled former school board member who narrowly won in 2012. https://terenceeveritt.ngpvanhost.com/contribute

Joe John for NC House 40 versus Marilyn Avila (Wake). Former appeals court judge running against former John Locke Foundation director. https://act.myngp.com/Forms/8325168462873823232

Jane Hipps for NC Senate 50 versus Jim Davis in the southwestern tip of the state. http://www.hippsforsenate.net/donate-now/

"Brownie" Ashley B Futrell Jr for NC Senate 1 versus Bill Cook, possibly the worst of the worst Republican Senators, in the northeastern tip of the state. He's survived two very close races in 2012 and 2014, but we'll beat him this time with this former Washington Daily News publisher. Can't find his website.

Michael Garrett for NC Senate 27 versus Trudy Wade (Guilford), the architect of the Greensboro City Council redistricting. https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/mkgjune30

Warren Judge for NC House 6 versus Beverly Boswell (Dare, Beaufort, etc.). This was our seat before Paul Tine switched parties. Boswell seems like the second coming of Mattie Lawson, a crazy Tea Partier who ran the last two times. http://www.warrenjudgefornchouse.com/contribute/

Andrew Barnhill for NC Senate 9 versus Mike Lee (New Hanover). https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-2233092122468808704

Brian Farkas for NC House 9 versus Greg Murphy, appointed to fill Brian Brown's seat in Pitt County. http://brianfarkas.com/#donate

Charlie Pat Farris for NC House 8 versus Susan Martin (Wilson). https://act.myngp.com/Forms/6521758287088650240

Jen Geurin Ferrell for NC House 36 versus Nelson Dollar (Wake). https://act.myngp.com/Forms/8754417802357573632

Gil Johnson for NC Senate 18 versus Chad Barefoot (Wake/Franklin). Barefoot is the epitome of evil. http://www.giljohnsonsenate.org/donate.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing says “Happy Monday morning!” like a knife being lunged at your face. Was that too dramatic? I’m a storyteller, trust me I could be more dramatic but I’ll spare you the drama and skip to the insight and gratitude. I’m grateful for the people in my life that care so deeply about me (sorry Renee’ Leboa that you had to witness the incident from the other side of the phone line but thank you for being in my ear). I’m grateful that no one was hurt and I’m grateful that my inner and outer dialogue has changed over the years from “Eh, he’s not so big, I think I can take him” to “Wow, this guy is really hurting” followed by “Hey man, you look like you need help, do you need money, what can we do for you?” Thank you once again Erika Luckett for being in my ear “I believe in kindness, I believe in the simply things, I believe in the preciousness of all beings. I believe in tomorrow, despite the troubles we face, I believe in the human race.” Everyone is either operating from love or fear at all times and in all ways. Choose love and as Rumi said “it will absolve everything in its path.” May the troubled soul from my Monday morning find peace and may we all remember that we belong to each other.

"Blog: a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style."

"Regularly updated"...hmm...well, I'm not quite there yet on the "regularly updating part" lol but I do enjoy having a conversation with those of you who wish to tune in and listen. The last entry was about being in "expectancy" of my good. I expected good for 2015. I expected it, I've been mentally accepting it before it even appears and guess what...it works. :-)

This year has been amazing so far. I stepped down from my position as Co-Pastor at the Spiritual Living Center of Charlotte on January 25th after 10 years in ministry there with my dear friend Renee' Leboa. My loving and wonderful congregation gave me the best send off party EVER and I remain an active member of this dynamic spiritual community. I have performed and spoken in NC, SC, OR, GA and British Columbia. I'm finishing up the new songs for my upcoming CD project "Free To BE," finishing my book and launching another Living In Solution class in the fall. My life is truly blessed!

I enjoy days like this when I can write to you, make my phone calls, return emails and complete the rest of my work from the comfort of my porch with my dog by my side and the birds chirping around me on a beautiful and sunny 70 degree Carolina day.

To some it might seem crazy to be finishing a book and releasing a CD both within the same time frame but to this Gemini (we hate to be bored) it makes perfect sense. Both the book and this new CD are a deep soul dive into full expression, authenticity and responsibility for life and taking the reins to live it as fully as possible. So whether you are a student, a client, a music fan or just stopped by out of curiosity, I look forward to updating (hopefully a little more regularly) on the expectancy and the experience of the  good in my life. 

Life really is what you make it and our experiences are born out of our beliefs which are born out of the thoughts we continually rent space to in our head. Make it a great life!

More soon. 

xo

Christy

 

 

 

Last night I was asked by my friend Rev. Deb Gordon to give her a description of what I will be sharing with her spiritual community, the Centre for Spiritual Living Kelowna during my upcoming Living In Solution Workshop. I shared with her my "official promo" page for workshops and she said; "Our marketing person was actually looking for something more personal." This was my reply.

I love what I do, from music to speaking to workshops there is a common thread of sharing my personal journey of faith and encouraging others to live in truth and trust. My father always said, "honey just make a decision, you can always make another one." I think we get so caught up in censoring and judging ourselves and disaster fantasizing that we sabotage and paralyze ourselves. The work that I do with coaching clients, classes and workshops helps people to get off the fence in their lives and start creating consciously. Since the laws of the Universe are always working and we are therefore creating the circumstances of our lives based on our beliefs and our consistent mental atmosphere, why not engage in life intentionally and live as Dr. Holmes said in "expectancy of our good." 

I was grateful for the request from Deb and woke with the thought of "expectancy" still on my mind and what a key role it plays in our lives. What are you expecting? Think about it!

Today I taught my Living In Solution class and our conversation flowed around...you guessed it...expectancy. When we train ourselves to look for the good and the interconnectedness of life, we find it.   What you seek, you find. Our opportunity is to live in such a state of awareness that we see the "coincidences" of life not as happenstance but rather as the fabric of life being woven together for our highest and best life, following the lead of our open heart and directed intention. The second part to finding and living from this gift is to notice the difference between "expectancy" which is based in faith and "expectation" which is rooted in fear. 

Today I choose to remind myself that life is always for me and I EXPECT to see the evidence of this in my loving and harmonious relationships, my healthy body, my satisfying career and my abundant life. And so it is!

 

 

I am saying YES to life, which means YES to change and this also means letting go of some things that I really love, in order to say YES to even more wonderful opportunities. One of those things is the radio show, Music Speaks Louder Than Words, that I have so enjoyed co-hosting with my dear friend Dale Worley. I never knew how much I would enjoy being a radio host but I have loved it so much, that I will probably host another one in the future but for now we are both signing off. Tomorrow will be my last show and Dale's final show will be next week. I have decided on the theme "Change Is Good" after one of my songs that I sang for years before I believed it. So often we hold on so tightly to things (people, homes, jobs, etc.) because we believe that they are our happiness; instead of realizing that our happiness is our responsibility and comes from within us and we experience it more when we allow life to do what life does through us, which is to flow and change. When we pay attention to our intuition (Spirit's whisper) and then act on it, we allow room for life to pull us into more joy, more prosperity, more love and more happiness by embracing the one constant, which is change. I will be selecting songs to share with you that have inspired me to trust God, life and myself and to live in faith. I want to say a huge THANK YOU to Dale for this opportunity. I am also very grateful to Unity Online Radio and all of our listeners, I have loved getting to know you and have enjoyed sharing my journey of musical inspiration.

I'll be sharing more of the exciting things going on in my world in an upcoming newsletter that I will post soon but in the meantime, I hope you will join me tomorrow at 4pm EST for my final Music Speaks Louder Than Words broadcast. Much love!

Dr. Ernest Holmes was quoted to say "Let us have more backbone and less wishbone." I'm loving this quote and thinking about how easy it can be to just wish life away instead of consciously creating through our powerful and positive intentions and corresponding actions. In the words of Sister Hazel "If you want to be somebody else, if you're tired of fighting battles with yourself, if you want to be somebody else, change your mind." Life is created from the inside out but not from wishing it so but by declaring it so and then proceeding to be THAT! Here's to a day and a life of more backbone and less wishbone...if you want life to be different...BE DIFFERENT in it! Look at what is, decide how you want it to be and live life FROM that place with your thoughts, affirmations and actions. You are the master of your fate...have a great day! 

Sitting on my porch just now, contemplating my commitment to being complaint free. Then a man in a motorized wheelchair, who can only move his neck, shoulders and the hand that pushes the button to his chair, stops in front of my house and says "Good morning." He continues by asking "How are you today?" I answered "Great!" and asked him the same question. His reply "I'm fantastic, I ain't got nothing to complain about on this beautiful morning."

Grateful for gratitude and for my happy visitor. 

Have a beautiful morning! There's so much to be grateful for in life and if you look for it, you will find it!

I remind myself in this moment that everything comes "out of the BLUE." The BLUE to me is the Beloved Living Universal Energy, the God substance from which everything springs. So I align my thoughts and my attention on the peace of this truth and know that I am a reservoir of peace, love, harmony, money and creative energy. I radiate this, I attract this, I am this. I live in peace, purpose and love knowing that God is good and is the source of all of my good. I accept it, I allow it, I know it, I let it be...and so it is.

I take the time today to get in touch with the higher vision of my life, to welcome it and allow it entry. I stop the auto repeat and step into the power of creation that is every moment.

Create your day today with intention, not retention and repetition. Today is a great day, if you make it so!

A Course In Miracles states, "Love is incapable of asking for anything in return." So when you are loving, I love you. When your actions are hurtful, I love you. When you judge me, attack me or withdraw, I love you. When you misunderstand me, I love you. When you are patient, I love you. When you are impatient, I love you. When you act sweet to me, I love you. When you are angry at me, I love you. I will not demand that you be anyway other than how you are, I love you. I fill up my own love tank with love, which is unconditional and unwavering and therefore I am able to love me and I am able to love you. No one has to change for me to be ok, so I sink into the wholeness of the love in my being and I open my loving arms to the world. I am consistent in my love, I am unshakable in my love, I am unstoppable in my love. I open my loving arms and my love filled heart to you, I love you!

Sometimes the most loving and powerful thing to do is nothing. I surrender the things I can not control and I sit in the stillness where I know my worth and my value in this world and I claim people and experiences that reflect that truth. I release everyone and everything that does not reflect this truth and in doing "nothing" I in fact do the most powerful something there is...I believe in me and my love filled life. And so it is!

Whether it is Charles Worley in Maiden, NC on May 13th wanting to put homosexuals in a concentration camp (or hang ‘em from a white oak tree as his sermon from 1978 suggested) or Ron Baity from Winston-Salem, NC  saying that gays should be prosecuted.  The words that ring in my head are those of Jesus “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.”

 

I hope that all who were as outraged as I was at this ignorance can see it for what it is…fear.  Let us remember that if we fight it, we feed it.  I know it is hard but here is where we get to do the real fighting, the real work and dig down and somehow find compassion for someone so ignorant and so filled with hate.  Someone so confused and misled that he actually thinks that he is doing God's will by preaching hate and sharing plans for murdering other human beings. 

 

A Spiritual teacher once told me to place a picture of people like these folks on my altar and pray for them, so I do.  I do it because it frees me from the "pukin' sick" feeling (to quote the Maiden, NC minister), it frees me to return to what is true and that is that God is love...period, and this fella and ones like him have no idea what that love feels like so I pray that one day he will.  I believe Jesus’ teachings are summed up by this “1) Love God with all your heart and 2) Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Let us remember that the “Love your neighbor” thing is not just the neighbors you like, the ones you agree with and the ones you approve of.  Let us remember that this works both ways so let us do our best not to stoop to their level by judging others for judging us and hating the haters.  In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh “Breathe, it will be ok” and in A Course in Miracles “The Divine needs no defense.”  So breathe and know who you are, (all of us) made in the image and likeness of love, so let your love lead and the hate will not be able to withstand it.  For those of you who say that you lay awake wishing harm to come to these people and ones like them let’s practice a new approach.  Next time thoughts of hate for the haters fill your mind, consciously shift your focus onto something or someone you love with all your heart; a spiritual figure, a family member, a pet, etc.  Two things can’t reside in the same place so break free from the trance of hate by cultivating the feeling of love.   

Decide right now...how will you be the presence of love today in your life, in our world?!

Thank you for being the CHANGE!

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I remember the day I crossed the North Carolina state line, coming back to my home in Charlotte, after a tour of almost two months across the country. It was a rainy day much like today and I thought of how the raindrops were reflective of the tears of joy I shed as I read the words “Welcome to North Carolina.” On that tour, I had entertained every city I visited as a potential new home. I looked at each city from High Rolls, New Mexico to Nevada City, California with the eye of a potential transplant. There were so many beautiful cities and people on that tour and I was unsure which one was home until I crossed the state line and reentered North Carolina. The mist was rising off the Smokey Mountains and the greenery surrounding me seemed to deepen as I drove into the hug of those mountains. I knew I was home. Being born and raised in North Carolina, I knew I loved it here but I didn’t know, until that moment, how much a part of my very DNA it was. I was in love with my state, it is a beautiful state in so many ways and in that moment I was home.

A slow steady rain and then outbursts of thunder, lightning and down pours of violent storms and back to slow steady rain; that is the scene outside my window tonight in Charlotte. I sit here with slow steady tears falling off my checks and I acknowledge that there are indeed outbursts of thunder and lightning known as anger and even rage coming from my brothers and sisters across this state tonight as we sit in the wake of the passing of Amendment One in North Carolina. My tears vacillate from sadness, for the stain placed on the state that I love tonight, to tears for the friends and fellow North Carolinians ashamed of their state tonight and finally to tears for the people who were misled into voting for this amendment. Misled by their churches and pastors; the very people whom they go to for guidance. Misled into thinking this amendment was about “protecting marriage” and doing what God would have them do. This amendment was about politics, power, separation, discrimination and even oppression and thousands of people voted for this amendment without even being educated as to its legal ramifications for gay and straight couples alike, as well as their children. People voted for it without even being given the full amendment on the ballot.

As a lesbian, I feel a bit kicked in the chest, as if yet again, I am being told that who and how I am is a second class citizen at best. This is a hard pill to swallow. The passing of this amendment reminds me of the Jim Crow laws and customs from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s designed to discriminate against black people and nullify their constitutional rights. At a time when our state and our country should be evolving into releasing the old statutes from our constitutions that make same sex marriage illegal, this feels like ten steps backwards, as two statutes were not enough so they had to actually change the constitution to “protect marriage.” I have yet to have any person for this amendment explain to me how two people of the same sex getting married threatens their marriage or takes away from it in any way. I have yet to have anyone explain to me how we came to America for freedom of religion and now we are allowing a religious belief of some to take away the freedoms of others. Yet, I believe that everything is a movement toward wholeness. I know that after contraction comes expansion and after oppression comes freedom. It may not be today but it IS coming!

In 1924 the Society for Human Rights was formed in Chicago as the first gay rights organization and there have been powerful and passionate leaders since then and yet now we are being called upon to all be leaders. The good news is that in addition to the LGBT leaders that have paved the way, we also have some other tried and true footsteps to follow out of this land of darkness. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that “A threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. King led us out of one land of darkness but he didn’t do it by responding with hate toward hateful acts. He followed the example of another great man, Mahatma Gandhi. These two men taught us how enormous and seemingly overwhelming change can and WILL happen if you stay the course with nonviolent communication and “be the change you wish to see”. Dr. King said he had a dream. I believe that his dream is still valid and still alive in the hearts of many Americans today, regardless of the color of their skin. Many North Carolinians are outraged tonight by the vote to change our constitution to not only say that marriage is only between a man and a woman but to also nullify rights for domestic partners and their families regardless of sexual orientation (the second part, by the way, was completely left off of the ballot). So while “be the change you wish to see” makes a great bumper sticker or t-shirt slogan it can be at times a bit harder to live, and yet it is crucial that we do just that. We must continue standing for equality and we must continue to demand that the constitutional rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” be upheld for ALL Americans.

Now we go back to the drawing board with “Repeal Amendment One.” We don’t stick our heads in the sand or throw our hands in the air and say, “it doesn’t matter, and it will never change”. We continue as Gandhi and King did, to put one foot in front of the other and we remember the most important part is not what we do but the energy with which we do it. I was thinking of that tonight at the grocery store when the young man bagging my groceries looked at my “Vote Yes to LOVE and no to amendment one” t-shirt and said “well, I believe everyone deserves the right to be together but you can’t really call it a marriage now can you? That’d be like calling a rose a tulip; you get what I’m saying?” Instead of saying something mean to put this young man in his place and slam him with my point of view and try to make him look stupid, I simply said “No, I don’t get what you are saying. I mean I hear you but it simply doesn’t make sense, nor feel right for some people to have the benefits associated with marriage and others not to be afforded those rights but you are free to think what you would like.” He actually stopped and listened because I didn’t get mad and fight against his opinion, instead I remained open and loving and yet said NO.

What I believe is that when we stop “Fighting Against” and devote all of our energy to “Standing For,” then this change for equality will happen; for our country and for our world.  But we must not fuel the flame of separation and polarization, especially now, by holding hatred in our hearts for the ones who voted for this amendment. I know this is a tall order and for some of you, my friends, your anger wants to lead the way. Yet, I know for you that you can use that anger as fuel for what is right and just, as you let it guide you into something positive. Let it guide you into living your life even more filled with dignity, self-love, self-acceptance and self-respect. I believe that the more we as the LGBT community do this, the more that the world HAS to change. As Jesus taught; “as within, so without” and I believe this is giving us the opportunity to let the outrage we feel pull us even more “out” of our quite acceptance of the status quo and into living more fully as who we are.

I believe that there are Universal laws in place regardless of your religious belief and background, regardless of whether or not you believe in them. One of those Universal Spiritual Laws is what some call the Law of Attraction or the Law of Mind and it is supported by the findings of Quantum Physics. Put simply it means; what you give your strong feeling, emotional energy and thought to, you contribute to being a reality in your world. Put another way; what you focus on expands. Let us not waste time and precious energy on the anger, the resentment and the arguing. Feel your feelings and then choose to turn them into fuel for the fire by transforming them into love, self-love, and love of who you are and love for the God that made you perfect, whole and complete. Remember we are energetic beings living in a world made up entirely of energy, so this is not airy fairy, this is real nuts and bolts molecules of life stuff and it is extremely important that we stay focused on the task at hand which is not fighting for a difference, but being different. If you say you want equality for all people then treat yourself with the dignity you desire from others by being who you are without, apology and talking freely, honestly and loving with others about the need for equality for all people. How can we expect our neighbors, co-workers, family and others to open their minds and hearts if ours are closed?

Like many of you, sometimes over the last few months of discussing Amendment One I have felt as though I were watching a movie about the dark ages when people were oppressed, deceived and ruled by fear. I have felt anger, I have felt sadness, but I still have a dream…

My words are in italics below and mixed with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as I share a dream, a vision for our future whose time is NOW:

“…Knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia and the green mountains of North Carolina, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners, gay sons and daughters alongside straight sons and daughters, Christian children and the children of all faiths will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, and even the state of North Carolina, a state of fear and separation, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Where all children will grow up free to love as their heart tells them to love and will be supported by the laws and actions of this great nation in living their authentic lives.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina and all of the states who are so steeped in the fear of change, will have an evolution of consciousness and will be transformed into communities and cities where conservative Amendment One Christians and liberal equality seeking men, women and children will be able to join hands…and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together…to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

Today, May 9, 2012 as important or even more so, than yesterday…I Stand In LOVE and I stand for love and I will not be moved! We ARE the change and it will not be denied!

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