The Declaration

Charles Gaby is one of my best soul friends. He’s written a new song called “The Declaration” that’s up on YouTube. I’d love for you to give it a listen. He’s also written a “pledge” I want you to know about.

Here’s the video:

As I mentioned, Charles has been a soul friend for a long time. He’s working with a group in Fort Worth called “Roots of Change” that’s worth checking outs

In honor of July 4th, Charles has written a “pledge” to our troops that you can sign that’s connected with the song’s themes.

In part, it reads:


Your sacrifices are necessary because of our failures at building relationships. We pledge to you our love and beg your forgiveness. We pledge to never again hide our guilt in sentimentality or wrap your sacrifices in a flag or religion to hide our own shame. We cannot ask forgiveness unless we change. So we pledge to you, to do all we can to make a stand. We will join others to learn how to transform our own lives and build bridges of understanding between the people of our communities and world. We pledge to wage peace so that one day we won’t have to depend on you to wage war.

Read the whole things here.

And consider signing.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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