A movement of the ecumenical Christian community
grounded in biblical witness and shared traditions of justice, peace
and the integrity of creation.
The 2017 conference focused on the issues of  U.S. Racism, Militarism and Materialism.
U.S. materialism is seldom recognized for its extensive negative impact on our society.
We of European heritage ride on the shoulders of the European settlers, our ancestors, to North America. They established the culture that we benefit from that was established through some shameful abuse of those already living here and enslavement of others brought from elsewhere. We continue to benefit from their "investments" in North America. We own the good and the bad in the way that they invested here. There has been a lot of good, but some of the process used to establish our country hurt a lot of people and that pain continues today.
 Some of the selfish tactics used to gain wealth and power, and maintain power, are still used today.
 Our selfish materialism continues to plague us all, both black and white.
We have been willing and done anything, to "others" to protect our personal material wealth and power.
 We should understand how we now materially benefit from the past abuse of "others".
We should conduct ourselves in such a way to help heal wounds
 of those who are still affected by that abuse.
This conduct is not needed from just European Americans, but from ALL Americans
 who have been blessed with the same benefits, if our country is to heal adequately .
$ What did Jesus teach about how we should manage money? $

From April 21 - 24  2017  we went to an Ecumenical Advocacy conference in Washington 
 with a 24 year old black, Muslim young man who writes powerful socially conscious poetry.

Hamza reciting the two poems below on Facebook (leave a Fb. comment)

In preparation for the weekend in Washington DC; Hamza writes:

Audio of Hamza reciting....the two poems below

      Excited for the weekend
Gotta sleep super early this evening
Cause very early in the morning I'm leaving
The last time I was there, I was in the 8th grade
Dang I'm growing old, that's over a decade

10 years later, more memories to be made
last time was with my class, this time is with my neighbor
Last time I was a student, this time I'm doing labor
last time was way before I even knew my major,
it was before I learned the use of a razor, and
was prior to my realization of putting words into paper.
That's my life in a snap shot
The following year the eagles were my mascot
Then it was the raiders but more recently the bull dogs
was my last stop.
Hamza out (mic drop)

      It is our privilege here to share one of the poems that he wrote after being at the conference for a day,  and.... at the end of the conference it was read
by the Conference Director,  Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune,
to hundreds of people who were there:

" Listening to great speakers wise words spoken,

from my slumber beneath my blanket of comfort I'v
e been reawoken

For those not present this poem will serve as your token

many of the things I've heard will leave your heart broken
and your eyes soaken

But the promise of my Lord is what keeps me hoping. it's what keeps me going

I just got to do my part and leave the rest to my Lord who is all knowing.

The speeches taught me to speak truth to power.

Truth is hard to swallow cause its taste is sour

Whereas falsehood has a sweetness that many are ready to devour

Amidst adversity we must remain brave and not allow ourselves to cower

And I'm thankful to the Lord for allowing me to partake in this journey of ours

The weather here like our situation is one of slight showers

But after the storms clear, the clouds disappear and
the sun manifests its power."

Hamza Ahmed           
Hamza came to the United States in 1997 from Somalia with his refugee family
 He has graduated from a local college and  has become a United States Citizen.
              Hamza is a 2010 graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School
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If you click on the graphic above you can hear & understand why
some of the presentations inspired this young Black Poet.

Here are some opportunities to demonstrate love
for your community and neighbors

Other poetry works from Hamza Ahmed
More of Hamza's Poems in audio and Video, at the end of the listing below:


Innocent Till Proven guilty


A Doctor in the Making #68  This poem's audio video version
A doctor in the making
The MCAT he'll be taking
Waiting for his results I know will have him shaking
But he's putting in the time
So he should do just fine
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Learning to Move Forward #69  This poem's audio video version
My only wish was that our friendship would have remained
Just because a feeling was once strong doesn't mean that feeling can once again be regained
A calm and collected mind I try to maintain
While also trying to be ration...
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Searching #70
I will find the one that's for certain
But it takes time like a clever rhyme but I'll continue learning
And to old bad habits I'm no longer returning
And when I make that connection and she displays a similar affection
Then ...
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20 hrs Public



Don't falter embrace your culture
So many vultures looking to alter
Something that is already beautiful
Into somthing else that they find more suitable
No one should have to lose their cultural identity
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20 hrs Public


For the Generous One #72
Honestly I don't know another brother with your level of generosity
Towards helping someone I've never seen someone move at the speed of your velocity
But if your still in doubt then why not test your curiosity
For I am co...
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Hola #73

Hola senorita
Mighty fine to meet ya
To the movies I'd love to treat ya
In a game of chess I'd love to beat ya
And just like in the game in life I wouldn't cheat ya
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20 hrsPublic


Express Yourself #67  This poem's audio video version
I just voiced my opinion is all
Some in support and some others appalled
But nonetheless many enthralled
For some problems there are no real solutions
But I will address my side and you draw up your own conclusions
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February 28 at 8:55pmPublic


Such an inspiration my brother is, that despite what life throws at him he handles biz.
And he handles it gracefully.
For a higher purpose, he does so faithfully
Really proud of my brother keep doing your thing
Humble to t...
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February 19 at 2:23amPublic


United we Stand #65  This poem's audio video version
How far will the protest go?
Feels like I'm a protest Pro!
Still here, but he's got to go.
Seeking only his own ambition -
Only weeks since he got the position.
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January 29 at 9:06pmPublic


Back in 97 in Grand Rapids we arrived
Never in any real danger, compared to what my parents had survived,
And met some amazing human beings- our next-door neighbors.
Blessed beyond means as this was again another one of God...
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January 26 at 6:31pmPublic


Why my Brother is Worthy #63 This poem's audio video version
When the time comes to ask I hope her parents accept
Having known you: I can honestly say its a decision that they won't regret
And I'm certain you will treat her with the utmost respect
Being always attentive showing her n...
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January 21 at 11:40pmPublic


Hard to be faithful
When so many are hateful
Defined by our labels
Making life for some
very unstable
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December 14, 2016 at 7:33pmPublic


Taken #61
I'm sorry I didn't know that you were engaged
Had I known I never would have engaged
The weather today is nice and cool
And just like the weather I'm going to play it nice and cool
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November 22, 2016 at 12:56amPublic
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Ice Breaker #59
20 dollars poorer but her smile was worth it
Thought it was her birthday my mistake not perfect
She reimbursed me in full now I'm 20 dollars richer
Even gave back my Twix
Should have got her the Snickers
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November 18, 2016 at 7:35pm Public


Tribal Differences #57
A different tribe he was
Than she was
Never meant to have met up
Not a part of the set up
Though their shared faith allowed it
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November 18, 2016 at 7:33pm Public


A night at Steak N Shake #55
So down-to-earth this girl from Uccello's
Blessed to know her I'm one lucky fellow Conversations so deep after one simple hello
A true friend I've made will be so hard to let go
Took us to Steak n Shake and covered our m...
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November 18, 2016 at 7:32pm Public


Respect the Dress Code #56
Labeled oppressed
For their method of dress
Not worn to impress
But recieving more negativity than those who undress
How can you tell me its fair
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November 18, 2016 at 7:33pm Public


Tale of a Refugee #58 
I never realized the struggles you had to overcome
Perhaps I was a little naive back then too young
But now that I've matured I can see clearly the hardships you've faced
From your homeland you were displaced as it was deem...
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November 18, 2016 at 7:34pm Public


Colonization of Africa #60
They took our resources and left us with nothing.
Now my brothers and sisters gotta learn how to be resourceful and even in their stealing they were not remorseful.
We could have made trades but they preferred being for...
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November 18, 2016 at 7:36pm Public


Aftermath #54
Like the military my mom too where's a uniform though hers doesn't go with the status quo
One is viewed as a symbol of pride and the other is seen with resentment
My mother wears it for her religious obligation and for her...
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November 9, 2016 at 2:41pm Public


Clearing Land for Water #52
Firstly, the proper location must be selected ,
Then the proper tools must be collected.
And, by following the vision my uncle projected,
Surely an eye-pondering pond is expected
That even in future generations will remain...
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September 17, 2016 at 11:28pm Public


Election Year #51
All these politicians are the same
Making up all kinds of promises
Never can back up their claim
A majority of them are dishonest
Both bad options that's the truth
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July 25, 2016 at 8:57pm Public


Ever-changing #50
4 seasons each with its own unique style
And at the start of each one expect to see me smile
When autumn comes with its beautifully colored leaves
Such a pretty scene so hard to see her leave
And when that initial snow s...
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June 3, 2016 at 11:37pm Public


A Young Woman’s Misfortune #49  This poem's audio video version
No such thing as honor killing for there is no honor in such an act
Just because a young woman chooses her own way doesn't warrant an attack
Its 2016 we should be way past that
All because they liked someone different t...
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May 13, 2016 at 10:19pm Public


Love Thy Mother #48
Respect your mother
Love your mother
Cause after her they'll be no other
Remember the one that bore you
Always there for you
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May 9, 2016 at 12:17am Public


The Bond of Brotherhood #47  This poem's audio video version

Can fit in any situation
Without intimidation
For me it will require extra explanation
Too much...

May 4, 2016 at 12:55pm Friends


Look pass the differences #45
A common problem has been holding us back for years
And its up to the coming generation for they’ll be the pioneers
In bringing about the end of tribal affiliation:
A self- love so strong; another form of discriminati...
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April 22, 2016 at 3:27pm Friends


The Devil is Alive #44  This poem's audio video version
People accuse my brother Malcolm of spewing hate.
But what about the hate coming from the one who claims he'll make America great.
At least with Malcolm it made some sense.
He didn't promote violence he promoted self def...
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April 8, 2016 at 12:22am Friends


Flint # 43
Such a shame whats happening in Flint
You'd think the governor could take a hint.
But seems he'd much rather see them go extinct
Not belonging to his precinct
Arrogance is I won't help you cause you don't think how I think
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February 4, 2016 at 10:53pm Public


Escaping the Loop #42
On the journey of life feel like Im going no where
But you don't know how far you've come unless you look back there
But don't look too long you gotta keep moving
Be better than you were just keep improving
Sometimes l...
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November 14, 2015 at 4:17am Friends

Hamza's Poems in audio and Video, with printed words in background:

Have Hope

Free Yourself


Tribute to the Game

Innocent Till Proven guilty

Be the First in Helping


In Honor of the Rape Victim

Someones Inspiration

Fate brought us Together

Reunited At Last