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  • Nobody is Born a Racist, You Have to be Taught
    Almost twenty years ago Parenting magazine did a special report on race and the family. In the introduction the report read: “Racists are not born, but made. Racism begins not in courts and classrooms, lending institutions and housing authorities, but in homes. Specifically in the interaction between parents and children. What exactly are parents telling
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  • You Have to be Taught
    Almost twenty years ago Parenting magazine did a special report on race and the family. In the introduction the report read: “Racists are not born, but made. Racism begins not in courts and classrooms, lending institutions and housing authorities, but in homes. Specifically in the interaction between parents and children. What exactly are parents telling
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  • Women of Faith and Power
    Women and power are two words that are often not seen together. In many countries women have little or no power in the traditional understand of the word. Most often the word power brings to mind images of domination or control; images of one group of people oppressing another; images of political bureaucracy; images of
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  • A Promise Kept
    When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among the, and a tongue rested on each of them. All
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  • Do You Love Me?
    That is the question. After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Master, you know I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” He then asked a second time, “Simon, son of Joh, do you love me?” “Yes, Master, you know I love you.”
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  • From Doubt to Belief
    A week later, Jesus’ disciples were again in the house and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side.
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  • The Gift of Peace
    When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then
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  • Breakfast is Ready!
    Simon Peter said to them, “I’m going fishing.” They said to him: “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but caught nothing. Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. He said to them, “Children, you have no fish,
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  • Walking With a Stranger
    In the resurrection account in Luke, the story is told of two followers of Jesus who left Jerusalem the first day of the week following the crucifixion. They were heading for Emmaus. The assumption that most people have is that the two were men, but I always like to think that perhaps they were a
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  • Anointing at Bethany
    While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head…. And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why
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  • Poet’s Corner
    In 2010 Poet’s Corner was started here at Scarritt-Bennett Center. Since its beginning 60+ poets have participated in the monthly readings, some coming from as far away as California, Pennsylvania and Georgia. Various themes have surfaced: religious and faith based; emotions including love, hate, hurt, frustration, etc; personal reflections and observations of life; nature; resistance
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  • I’m Gonna Live
    I’m gonna live so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime! I’m gonna live so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!   I’m gonna work so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime! I’m gonna work so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!   I’m gonna pray so God can use me anywhere,
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  • Lent, a Season of Renewal
    Lent is a holy season of the church year, beginning with Ash Wednesday (March 1) and ending on Easter (April 16). It began in the early church as a time for preparing new converts for baptism on Easter. Today it is seen as a time for all Christians to prepare for Easter through prayer, reflection,
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  • A Life of Holiness
    On Sunday, February 19 the lectionary included verses from Leviticus 19 where Moses was instructed by God to tell the people of Israel: “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. I doubt that many of us heard a sermon on Sunday using this text, but our service in Vespers &
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  • “Waves in a Turbulent Sea”
    In the hymn “Sois la Semilla (You Are the Seed)” numerous metaphors are used to describe our responsibility to “go to the world, proclaiming love to all, messengers of my forgiving peace, eternal love.”  The metaphors include yeast, seed, salt beacon, sting, waves, shepherds, flame, friends. The metaphor that has always intrigued me is “you’re
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  • Lament in the Time of Tribulation
    How long, Oh Lord?              Where are you God?               The light of love is dim                         Have you forsaken us, O God?          What’s wrong with this country?             Heal us, Lord              Have mercy on us!                  Hear our voices, please The people of Israel praised God, but they also made laments to God. These laments were
  • A Lenten Retreat: A Time of Renewal
    Each of us need to find the time and space to retreat into our inner selves for renewal, restoration, rediscovery and reawakening. A retreat is a spiritual discipline that can help us center ourselves in the God that is within each of us. Here at Scarritt Bennett Center we are having a Lenten Silent Retreat,
  • Manger Leads to a Cross
    We don’t often think of the connection between the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus and the Good Friday scene of crucifixion. But one hymnist made the connection. Charles Albert Tindley, an African-American Methodist pastor from the mid-1880’s until his death in 1933 made a very clear connection between the manger and the cross
  • The Gift of Joy
    The word joy brings many images to mind. Joy is like the quiet rain, a child’s smile, a hug from a friend, the soft white snow on the pine tree, the gold of an aspen leaf against the blue sky, Easter, the unexpected gift, a new idea, the moon shining on the incoming tide, the
  • The Gift of Peace
    The dictionary defines peace as a state of quiet, freedom from civil disturbance, harmony in personal relations, security/order in community, a pact to end hostilities. In the biblical/theological sense, peace is an inner quiet/assurance, lack of war/violence/conflict, unity healing, reconciled relationships, justice and eternal life. Jesus, the Prince of Peace told stories about healing, reconcil...
  • Spiritual Practices: Self-Care for Activists
    Spiritual Practices: Self-Care for Activists by Lis Valle Five women are sitting in a circle around a lit candle in the library of the Scarritt Bennett Center. We are journeying deep within our souls to dialogue with the Imago Dei in us, to find our inner wisdom. We still our bodies, our speech, our thoughts and
  • The Gift of Hope
    Hope is not an easy word for children and many adults. Hope goes beyond “wishful thinking.” Hope, in the biblical understanding knows that God is in charge of the world. Often we forget this fact. At times we think we are in charge, or the government, or terrorists, or our bosses or teachers. No God
  • The Gift of Love
    The hymn by Christina G. Rossetti, “Love came down at Christmas” uses the word “love” many times. At times it is a metaphor for Jesus and/or God; at other times human love is her focus. Read this hymn prayerfully several times.   Love came down at Christmas Love all lovely, Love divine; Love was born
  • Thanksgiving
    What kind of Thanksgiving are you planning? Is it a big meal of extended family and a celebration of what binds you together? A chance to try out some new culinary chops or a return to deeply held traditions? A prelude to shopping madness? A sports marathon? For some hosts, the work to make a
  • Where Are All the Black Men?
    Where Are All the Black Men? by Tieranny Woods A few weeks ago, my co-fellows, Monica and Krysten, and I were tasked with presenting a case study on a particular incident or situation that has taken place at our site placements. These incidents were then brought in and discussed with one another, focusing on the
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  • At the Root: Cultivating Community, Cultivating Activism
    by Krysten Cherkaski Coming into the Belle H. Bennett Fellowship, I was admittedly apprehensive and anxious. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and further than that I wasn’t sure what the extent of my work at a local nonprofit would come to look like. I can’t exactly say my anxieties were swayed upon learning that
  • The Gift of a Day: Writing as Spiritual Practice
    Writing has been defined by one tortured writer as “the art of staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” As we gathered for the beginning our “Wild With Words” writers’ workshop last week, most of the participants were probably rehearsing a definition like that, full of the
  • Practice Showing Up Guide: A Resource for White People in Transforming Grief and Rage about Racism into Solidarity and Action
    by Margaret Ernst “Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” Augustine of Hippo In the one month since Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has taken a knee in protest against police brutality during
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  • In the Garden
    by Monica McDougal When I applied to be a Belle H. Bennett Fellow, I imagined myself in an office somewhere in Nashville. I thought I would be in business casual clothing and spending my days working alongside adults. I never pictured myself in a garden at an early learning center, wearing jeans and working with
  • 20th Anniversary of Celebration of Cultures
    On July 13, 1996 the first Celebration of Cultures event brought to Scarritt Bennett Center approximately 2000 people and 41 different cultural and/or ethnic groups with their music, dance, demonstrations, food, or other presentations. The celebration was widely promoted throughout the region; gifts and donations of $22,257 were received; over 200 volunteers worked on the
  • Welcome Margaret Ernst, 2016-2017 Field Education Intern!
    Margaret Ernst is a Masters of Divinity Student at Vanderbilt Divinity School serving as a field education intern at Scarritt Bennett Center in 2016/2017. After experience in journalism and non-profit work in the Philadelphia, PA area, Margaret began to live into her heart’s passion at the intersection of faith and social justice while leading communications for
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  • The Tennessee Justice Center & Me
    by Tieranny Woods I am Tieranny Woods, one of the new Belle H. Bennett Fellows. My site placement is the Tennessee Justice Center. The Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) is a non-profit law firm that provides free legal services to vulnerable Tennesseans. TJC does this in three ways: 1) by helping people get needed health services, 2)

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