Maeve Weeder’s Q&A with Rev Gail Doktor
Maeve Weeder’s Q&A with Rev Gail Doktor
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. — James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
Addressing events surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and resultant nationwide/global protests and demonstrations. Acknowledging the need for racial justice initiatives in our own hometowns as well as regionally and nationally.
Immediate Responses: RACIAL JUSTICE
NH JUNETEENTH EVENTS: Facebook Page (all events collated at this site)
Become more informed about yourself:
Dive deep through other available resources. Some recommendations on different topics.
Starting-point to talk about race:
The NH Council of Churches has written letters and recommended next steps regarding racial justice responses to deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery,. See below.
Recommended reading: Collected lists for different ages
Learning about the social construct of ‘whiteness’ & race:
History and experience of race in America:
Justice System, Policing, and Mass Incarceration:
Activism & Being an Ally:
Churches and faith community resources:
Public policy bodies that are exploring and shaping equity initiatives and conversations in New Hampshire:
This list provided through a Jackson resident who is active on racial justice advocacy groups. “I invite you to join me in standing in solidarity with others who are organizing across the USA and the world for racial and social justice …”
PLAY LISTS: Justice Songs (some lists)
Questions to consider (Luke 1):
One Song — Rumi
Every war and every conflict between human beings
has happened because of some disagreement about names.
It is such an unnecessary foolishness,
because just beyond the arguing
there is a long table of companionship
set and waiting for us to sit down.
What is praised is one, so the praise is one too,
many jugs being poured into a huge basin.
All religions, all this singing, one song.
The differences are just illusion and vanity.
Sunlight looks a little different on this wall
than it does on that wall
and a lot different on this other one,
but it is still one light.
We have borrowed these clothes,
these time-and-space personalities,
from a light, and when we praise,
we are pouring them back in.
Of Songs and Music: Love Beyond Language
Then the singing enveloped me. It was furry and resonant, coming from everyone’s very heart. There was no sense of performance or judgment, only that the music was breath and food. ― Anne Lamott
You are the music while the music lasts. — T.S. Eliot
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination …— Plato
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. Plato
Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought. ― E.Y. Harburg
Thus, though music be a universal language, it is spoken with all sorts of accents. — George Bernard Shaw
There is as much music in the world as virtue. In a world of peace and love music would be the universal language … All things obey music as they obey virtue. It is the herald of virtue. It is God’s voice. — Henry David Thoreau
Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones. — Keith Richards
If music be the food of love, play on. — William Shakespeare
If I cannot fly, let me sing. – Stephen Sondheim
Without music, life would be a mistake. – Friedrich Nietzsche
The only thing better than singing is more singing. – Ella Fitzgerald
The greatest respect an artist can pay to music is to give it life. – Pablo Casals
Love, I find, is like singing. ― Zora Neale Hurston
She sang, as requested. There was much about love in the ballad: faithful love that refused to abandon its object; love that disaster could not shake; love that, in calamity, waxed fonder, in poverty clung closer. The words were set to a fine old air — in themselves they were simple and sweet: perhaps, when read, they wanted force; when well sung, they wanted nothing. Shirley sang them well: she breathed into the feeling, softness, she poured round the passion, force … ― Charlotte Brontë, Shirley
Songs as Justice & Resistance
Singing in the midst of evil is what it means to be disciples. … To sing to God amidst sorrow is to defiantly proclaim … that death is not the final word. To defiantly say, once again, that a light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot, will not, shall not overcome it. And so, evil be damned, because even as we go to the grave, we still make our song alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. ― Nadia Bolz-Weber,Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint
Do it. Hell, get the song taken down if you want. But you’ll never silence me. I got too goddamn much to say. ― Angie Thomas, On the Come Up
Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. Jimi Hendrix
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. — Maya Angelou
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. — Victor Hugo
Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. — Jimi Hendrix
Sirens everywhere, singing that street song. Violence everywhere, barely holding on… — Alicia Keyes
Turnin nothin into somethin, is God work, And you get nothin without struggle and hard work— Nas
Writing, painting, singing- it cannot stop everything. Cannot halt death in its tracks. But perhaps it can make the pause between death’s footsteps sound and look and feel beautiful, can make the space of waiting a place where you can linger without as much fear. For we are all walking each other to our deaths, and the journey there between footsteps makes up our lives. ― Ally Condie, Reached