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Opening Doors: The closet of depression

By Brett Stadtlander, I have remained mostly silent in light of the recent deaths by suicide of transgender women and men. I would like to say that I have some so...
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Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. We remember the estimated 6 million Jews, 1 million Roma, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, 9,000 homosexual men and others whose lives were taken by genocide.

May God challenge us to use the lessons of their experiences to inform our lives and work for justice today.
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Annie VoorheesTypo. His name is Elie. Not Eliel.1 day ago   ·  15
Roger HortonI saw video this a.m. of the inside of Auschwitz and thought of what those millions of victims faced in that horrible place. I'm so thankful for Mr. Weisel and all the other survivors that keep their memories alive for us. We must never allow that kind of horror to happen again!!1 day ago   ·  16
Matthew SimpsonWe still have a long way to go in reconciliaion. Sad we still can't see our own humanity in those who are "different" than us.1 day ago   ·  8
Jessie MurphyThe only way EVIL can exist,,,,,,, Is for good Men to do nothing.........never again.....21 hours ago   ·  7
Janis JacobsonJust watched the news clips of the rememberence ceremony today. Brought tears to my eyes as l remember when it happened and carry those pictures in my mind to this day! Please we must fight against a repeat of this! ISIS!1 day ago   ·  6
Tonya AndersonLet's never forget.1 day ago   ·  5
Ron OwensDoes anyone care that it is happening again? Victims are in Nigeria, Syria, Iraq and other countries where non-Musliims are being killed.18 hours ago   ·  4
Stephanie AndersonI would hope that those who bore so much pain would exercise compassion. I don't see that happening with Palestine. Makes me sad.1 day ago   ·  4
Colleen Haithcockand for Palestinians.....1 day ago   ·  2
Robin PhelanSo what are we doing about Boku Haram, ISIL, al-Shabaab etc.?1 day ago   ·  5
Tammy AniseI was lucky enough to hear him speak. Amazing author and man18 hours ago   ·  1
Nancy Faist Boyda man of great wisdom....18 hours ago   ·  1
Lesley RobertsonAmen45 minutes ago
Elizabeth GansIt is too bad after all the Jews went through that some morph this into: "We must speak out and protest for the Palestinians", and " Weisel is a hypocrite! He has no sympathy for Palestinian suffering." Anti-Israel/BDS/Anti-Zionism-Pro-Pali are all modern forms of anti-semitism. I realize that some Methodists, out of respect for Jesus the Jew (His disciples were Jewish, and much of the early church) are not anti-Semitic, while others are. ( I speak as one that was a member of a Methodist church.) This is one God created world, and the goal should be love for all people of any color, religion, or sexual orientation. Israel has given loads of supplies to Palestinians, and they use it for tunnels of terrorism. Israel is condemned when they protect their citizens. Over 5,000 rocket attacks and they are not supposed to protect all people in Israel? How are they suppose to do more when Hamas has admitted they want Jews dead and Israel obliterated? One cannot make peace with people who have that goal. Israel has tried. Land deals have failed. Abbas has said he will go for every square inch of land, and then wipe the Jews out. Israel gives hospital/medical care to Palestinians. They supply electricity, and have set up plant nurseries, and even employed Palestinians. Israel has many Arabs, Christians, and other ethnicities. Weisel is far from a hypocrite. Israel has sympathy for the Palestian people. Those that are terrorist are different. Many are in fear of their lives, their children used as human shields while they are educated to hate Jews, their schools and hospitals places of storage for arms. It is "Never Again" that Weisel is behind. Israel, as the land the Messiah will return to, will not be destroyed. Jesus the Jew said that as we do it to our least, we do it to him. So if one's least is his own people, gays, blacks or whoever, we do it to Him. Love should come above doctrinal differences. There is a photo of an Israeli boy and an Arab boy with their arms around each other. I hope one day the bridge to peace and love can occur more.1 hour ago
Debbie RussellTRUE!6 hours ago
Karen HamiltonNever forget, History can and will repeat itself if we let it.7 hours ago
Şerife Çelebisoykırım denilince hitler amerkalılar başı çeker ama kırıldıkalrıı söyleyen yahudiler dünyada var oluş nedenlerinin kendilerinin inancında olmayanları yok etmek içn geldiklerini hem söylerler hem soy kırım yaparlar ben üzülünmesi gerekenler yahudilerin olmadığını düşünenlerdenim onların ne kadar kötü yer yüzündeki yaratıklardır teröristlerdir ölmeyi hak ediyorlar dünyadaki mazlum insanlar müslüman oldukları için yakılıp öldürülürken yahudileri düşünmek gibi birr lüksüm yok siz dünya insanları inancınızdan olmayanı öldürmeyi çok ii biliyorsunuz vicdanınız varsa gözlerinizi açın bakalım insanlrı insanlara kırdıranların ele başları kim altından hep yahıdiler çıkar hepsinin allah belasını versin allahın laneti üstlerine olsun15 hours ago
Erika HundrieserI wrote to the Saudi Embassy to stop flogging and imprisoning Raif , a blogger and father of 4. Please, you do the same!15 hours ago
Merletta LueI didn't know about this remembrance date16 hours ago
Maritere JonesI love him!16 hours ago
John D'Savage KeyesThe Catholic Church has a to apologize for when it comes to there actions during WWII. I hope Fancies will address this topic.18 hours ago
Delia QuigleyEven if we only guesstimate that 1/10 people are LGBTIQ then there were a lot more than the 9,000 confirmed homosexual men murdered in the holocaust :( The hidden minorities are always underestimated.19 hours ago
Gradford H. StokesNEVER FORGET!19 hours ago
Sally ParkerOh for goodness sake its this them and us mentally that led tobthe holicaust inthe first place how about we refuse to recognise boundaries they are all artificial anyway whether they ate geographical, cultural or religious. All these comments just feed ntolerance a20 hours ago
Flor MacGregor1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner. But he's still earning it..21 hours ago

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Joanne GillisGreat! We ----Church of the Redeemer, Cleveland Heights, Ohio------celebrated #20 today!!!3 days ago   ·  4
Nan OwenCongratulations for your commitment to sharing God's Love.1 day ago
Jerry MillerWelcome and congratulations.2 days ago
Joy T WattsIs that Lauren holding the API church sign?!3 days ago
Richard GlodoCongratulations from Trinity UMC, LosOsos, Ca!3 days ago
Susan WillmThank you for your support!3 days ago
Gerald WaltzGreat!!3 days ago

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