Saturday, March 26, 2016

Uncle manny.

NAME:Joseph Benjamin
BIRTH DATE:30 Oct 1925
BIRTH PLACE:St Johns Bld, Antigua and Barbuda
FATHER NAME:Joseph Sealey
MOTHER NAME:Luisa Benjamin
DEATH DATE:10 Feb 1999
NOTES:Jul 1960: Name listed as JOSEPH BENJAMIN; Oct 1961: Name listed as JOSEPH OBADIAH SEALEY; 20 Feb 1999: Name listed as JOSEPH SEALEY

Saturday, March 5, 2016

UBE Midwest Regional COnference breakout session ideas.

Idea for a breakout session: place colored paper with a topic of discussion on the floor beneath chairs of participants. only 2 or 3 participants will have the same color of paper/topic. Have participants reach down, find their partner(s) and discuss topic. Topic should be about personal thing like favorites, best experiences, etc. E.g. What was your favorite memory. If you could have any ability what would it be? What's your favorite thing about UBE, etc.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

In my life, there are not always moments to interact fully with another from soul to soul. But with Corban, I can do that,more than with any other person. It is so good to know that I make someone completely happy. That physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, I fill him with the most exquisite pleasure that any person has ever given him. I hope to always make him feel so loved. God of mercy, make it so.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Steady Beat: Reflections on UBE Conference 2015, by Daniel Francis.

From 26-28 June 2015, I had the privilege of attending the 47th annual UBE conference at the Maritime Institute in Baltimore Maryland. The UBE is an organization representing people of African descent and their supporters in the Episcopal Church and neighboring parts of the Anglican Communion.

The theme of our 3 day Conference was “Black Lives Matter”, inspired by the recent series of protests against police brutality in the US, some of which occurred in Baltimore. Presenters/speakers included Actor Michael K Williams, Congressman Elijah Cummings, and our Presiding Bishop-Elect Rt. Rev. Michael Curry.

Our time together was filled with workshops, panel discussions, and presentations on topics ranging from Police Relations, to Childhood Education in the back community, to reflections on the Life and work of Howard Thurman. We spent time outside the Conference rooms as well, participating in activities as varied as touring the world famous Blacks in Wax Museum and doing service work at an Urban Garden in inner city Baltimore. The UBE even created and dedicated a wax statue of Absalom Jones for the Museum. It was very lifelike and well done.
The best part of the Conference in my estimation was the Eucharistic Services we enjoyed together each evening, which were an interesting blend of Gospel style rhythms with the rich traditions of the Book of Common Prayer. I'll admit they were a bit longer than a typical Christ Church service, but each moment of worship together was precious and powerful. I didn't want to miss a moment of it.

One of the more memorable events I experienced was the Tuesday night service which was run almost entirely by the youth of UBE. In little more than 4 hours they were able to learn colorful African dances and songs, skits, and spoken word presentations. The amount of talent they showed was phenomenal, and I was frequently awestruck and impressed by what the younger ones could do. The Young Adult speaker for the day gave his own personal and transformative encounter with racism in todays America, which galvanized all of us to keep working to see change fully come to our country. It ended with a beautiful Eucharist and a candle light vigil for the victims of the massacre at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston.

Our last moment together was a beautiful service keynoted by Bishop Curry, who put his phenomenal preaching skills on display as he reminded us that we can have confidence in our future, for there is a great cloud of Ancestors who have shown us that the Way of Christ can be walked, and that God will continue to be with us as He was with them.

It was a very moving and inspiring experience, and I hope to go as many times as I can in the future. If you are interested in learning more about UBE, feel free to talk to myself, Cliff Spencer or Birdie Lee any time to get some first had information, or you can learn more at

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Young Curmudgeon Priest: Parish Ministry: It's Not Dead Yet

The Young Curmudgeon Priest: Parish Ministry: It's Not Dead Yet: Some may find it surprising that until I was about four months into my time as a transitional deacon, I was convinced that I would not enjoy...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ideas for Progress in Reading

Your score indicates that you will likely be ready for first-year college courses in reading. To further improve your skills, you may benefit from activities that encourage you to do the following:
Main Ideas and Author's Approach
  • locate and analyze ideas in a complex text and write a reasoned synopsis of the text
  • determine the author�s or narrator's position toward a specific topic, issue, or idea by noting key facts, claims, and details from the text
Supporting Details
  • identify facts embedded in complex informational texts
Sequential, Comparative, and Cause-Effect Relationships
  • determine the chronological sequence of events and the spatial relationships in complex texts (e.g., Dickens, Garc�a Marquez, Morrison, Tolstoy)
  • analyze subtle relationships between and among people, objects, events, and ideas in complex texts or films, forming accurate inferences
  • identify implications and possible consequences of actions in complex texts
Meanings of Words
  • employ strategies for defining a difficult concept, such as identifying its characteristics or providing examples of what it is and is not like
Generalizations and Conclusions
  • examine information from multiple sources and perspectives (including the author's or narrator's) in order to make reasonable generalizations about people, objects, ideas, and situations
  • evaluate the impact of literary devices (e.g., figurative language) on the meaning of a literary narrative

Saturday, February 14, 2015