May I let my voice be a clarion call. I will use these words for justice. I will use these words for truth. And humour.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


You Are My Sunshine (Chords and Lyrics)

I want to work out some new lyrics for this to reframe the jealousy and heartbreak.  Original version by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell.

Chords are in brackets (e.g. [G])
Melody is lower case (e.g. c-b-a-g). Double-letter = hold longer.
Tempo and rhythm for each note depends on singer/player.

d   g   a      b   b     b  c-b-a-a-g-a   b     a-g  g              
You are my [G] Sunshine, my on-----------ly [C] Sun--shine          
g   a    b      c  ee e   ^gg-f-e-c-g g-a c-[C9]d (hammer-on)       
You make me [C] happy when skies      are gre-ey.                   
    g      a  b      c    e        ^g  ^gg       ee    b-a-g  g-a-g 
[G] You'll never [C] know dear, [G]How much [G6] I [C] love   you   
g      a            b       c      a   b-a-g-a-g  g     g           
Please don't [Cmaj7]take [C]my [D] sun-shine      a-[G]-way.        

d   g a      b     b    b  a b      a-g  g            
The other [G]night dear as I lay [C]sleeping          
g  a     b     c    e-d d-g  g  a-bb-a-g              
I dreamt I [C] held you in   my arms                  
    g    a b     c    e     e d        c  b-a-g g     
[G] When I a-[C]-woke dear, I was [Am] mista----ken   

g  a     bb   c      aa   g        b-a-g-e            
So I [C] hung my [D] head and [Em] cried.             


I'll always [G] love you and make you [C] happy.     
If you will [C] only say the [G]same.                
[G] But if you [C] leave me to love a-[Em]-nother    
You'll reg-[Bm]-ret it [D] all some [Em] day. >;;v/   


You told me [G] once dear, you really [C] loved me        
And no one [C] else could come bet-[G]-ween               
But now you've [C] left me and [Am] love a-[Em]-nother    
You have [A] shattered [D] all my [G] dreams. :(          


*Flourishes on chorus optional/ad-lib each time.  Above is one way.

Leads into "My Mannequin"

Check here for an explanation on how this song's lyrics represent christology.

pax hominibus,
agape to all,

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Saturday, January 26, 2013


WWHATSUP? Workshop on White Supremacy in the Workplace

This workshop at the 15th Annual Summit Against Racism in Pittsburgh was a powerful experience, and I want to make sure that it gets documented.  I am hoping my church, and other churches, and other institutions are ready to go through this educational experience, and to prepare/plan for a blessed change.

For now, just the pictures:
(note there are ten pictures here, and usually every picture is worth a thousand words.  that would make 10,000 words.  but i don't think there are actually that many here. :D)

In my thinking this is different nomenclature for what Unitarian Universalists call a "group covenant"
This is a no-bones about it clear statement of shared axioms

Some definitions of White Supremacy, as
discovered in small group conversations

Great definition that covers a lot.  I've also heard:
"Racism = prejudice + power."

Getting to the causes of institutional perpetuation is a key to unraveling inherent/instrumental racial oppressions, in my mind.

In case you prefer no headache from looking at the blurry words in the picture below:
Some Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture
  • Perfectionism
  • Sense of urgency
  • Defensiveness
  • Quantity over quality
  • Worship of the written word
  • Only one right way
  • Paternalism
  • Either/or thinking
  • Power hoarding
  • Fear of open conflict
  • Individualism
  • "I'm the only one"
  • Progress is better
  • Objectivity
  • Right to comfort


 Thank you so much, folks at WWHATSUP? Pittsburgh for a powerful and transformative workshop!

I also found out about Dismantling Racism Works, a VERY powerful resource for doing trainings at your church or institution.  If I recall correctly, the Oakland UU Congregation adopted their process.  A little poking around their website shows a list of other resources for engaging in anti-racism work.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013


For MLK Interfaith Event at Heinz Chapel on the University of Pitt Campus

Greetings, my name is Joel Gilbertson-White. I am the coordinator for the Unitarian Universalist Campus Community at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh. My other role at First Unitarian is working as our Social Justice Coordinator, so it gives me great pleasure to be here tonight, for the invocation of this Interfaith event commemorating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr -- a leader who played a pivotal role in helping bend the arc of the universe toward justice.

This is a critical time for justice – as much as ever, people's lives are on the line – in Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, the United States, and the world. And you are the young adults and the people who care, with energy, passion, and strong dreams about things that really matter. I pray each of us will firmly remember our time together today, on January 18, 2013, and hear this day call to you to bring the people in your life together for the issues that most make you come alive – be it racial equity, gender equity, a just distribution of wealth, safe streets, marriage rights, or any of scores of other issues that would benefit from our attention.

And as we do that, I beseech that you consider your passions more than your thoughts of duty to action that you've been
told you should, or that you think you should be doing. Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman played an influential part in the ministry of Dr. King. He said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” May this be our year to more fully come alive, and bring others to life!

I will close with this charge from the classical Sanskrit Poet Kalidasa,
“Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all the verities
and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendor of beauty;
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision;
But today, well lived, makes every yesterday
A dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!

Here and now is the only time for accomplishment. May today's accomplishment be the commitment of our hearts and minds to Rev. Dr. King's vision, and making plans to make the dreams real. May our gathering together in community be a blessing to the world. Amen.

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Monday, January 21, 2013


"Pursuit of Happiness" Gets a Shout-Out in Barack Obama's 2nd Inaugural Address

‎"Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm. That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness." -Barack Obama, Jan 21, 2013

I love these words, and I hope for and wonder if he really means this.

pax hominibus,
agape to all,

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New Solar System

Mostly good.  Not coplanar enough.  And Saturn needs new digs.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Four-grain Spicy Celebration Mix

(a.k.a. "Chex Mix")
(Makes 28 (1/2 cup) servings)

5 c. Crispix (Corn/Rice)

3 c. Wheat Chex

3 c. Cheerios

2 c. lightly-or-unsalted peanuts

1 cup pretzel sticks

8 Tbsp butter or margarine

3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp Tabasco

2 1/2 tsp seasoned salt

1.5 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 pinch cayenne pepper

In large yellow bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.

Taste the seasonings mixed with the butter before you add the cereals and make sure it tastes a bit spicy - it will be a lot milder once mixed and cooked. Cook in the oven at 250 for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Let cool on a newspaper covered with paper towels.




Some plectra I sent to JD

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