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 is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) 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, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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