Rev. Dr. Kelvin Calloway

Words of the Week – Stay Woke

Scripture: I Thessalonians 5:1-11 The phrase stay woke has been present in African American Vernacular English (Ebonics) since the 1930s. It is referred to as an awareness of social and political issues affecting African Americans. The phrase was uttered in recordings from the mid-century by my wife’s great uncle, folk singer Huddie Leadbetter (Lead Belly). He used the phrase as part of a spoken afterword to his 1938 recording of his song “Scottsboro Boys,” which tells the story of nine teenagers falsely accused, convicted and jailed of raping two white women in Alabama in 1931. Erykah Badu admonished her post

The Orlando Tragedy – Don’t Hate Dem Haters

Scripture: Matthew 27:15-26 The June 17 anniversary of the massacre of the nine persons slain while attending Bible study at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina and the recent Jihadist massacre of 49 sisters and brothers of the LGBTQ community early Sunday morning June 12th at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida brought back to memory a reflection on giving up hatred. Hatred has pervaded our public dialogue and presidential politics. Everybody has their share of haters. People will hate on you because of the clothes you wear, the color of your hair, the car you drive

An Easter Message – The Resurrection Hope

Scripture: 1 Cor. 15:12-22 While pastoring in Kansas City some years ago, I served as co-chair of what became a nationally acclaimed End of Life program entitled “Compassion Sabbath.” The program was sponsored by the Center for Practical Bioethics aimed at increasing the quality of spiritual care provided by faith leaders to their congregants at the end of their lives. We were successful in bringing together over 300 faith leaders to share ways that they could be more effective in their end of life ministry. One of the conversations surrounding our work was that of “realistic vs unrealistic hope.” When