taking the words of Jesus seriously

“While it might be convenient to assume that we can address the current divisive racial and political climate in our nation through race neutral means, experience shows that we have not escaped our history. Though the Civil Rights Movement challenged many of the most racist practices and structures that subjugated the African American community, it was not followed by a commitment to truth and reconciliation. For that reason, the legacy of racial inequality has persisted, and left the nation vulnerable to a range of problems that continue to yield division, racial disparities and injustice. By passing H.R. 40, Congress can start a movement toward the national reckoning we need to bridge racial divides.”(Sheila Jackson Lee)

Queens and Kings from Africa
Taken in chains to build America
Infinite wealth gap off our blood and sweat
Reparative justice, now we’re here to get

H.R. 40
Reparations now
H.R. 40
We won’t back down

Lynchings and land loss, voter suppression
Violent policing, incarceration
You made us separate and unequal
But we are not slaves, we are God’s people

Let’s address it, we gotta continue the message
Gotta stress it, lest we steady forget it
Cruelty, brutality, the inhumanity of slavery
All up in the states and colonies
We need a national apology
Check America’s economy
We know it wasn’t built in harmony
Can’t escape it, tell ‘em to face it, how the nation
Miscalculated they sovereignty
What happened to the 40 acres and a mule?
All we got was segregated buses and schools
How that make sense when we the human infrastructure
We the ones who laid the bricks and who mixed the mortar
H.R. 40 to the floor or Executive Order
H.R. 40 to the floor or Executive Order
No excuses anymore, this of utmost importance
Ain’t no I O U’s or a blessed assurance
We need a real investment
Talkin generational wealth
To shift generational health
You best believe who we in step with
Issa global conversation
Know our family round the world need reparations
Look until you get the message
We gon keep it in motion
We gon keep it pushin we know where we going
For our ancestors and descendents
It’s only right that we do it
It’s influenced, but look its more than a movement

Peoples and nations, who lost their names
Stories and history, we must reclaim
Civilization, the first, we’re from
We will not rest ‘til full repair is done


Written by Rev. Mark Thompson (Matsimela Mapfumo) (ASCAP), Nabil Ince (BMI), Vincent Charlow (BMI), Olivia Mogul (ASCAP), Bryan Joy (ASCAP)
© 2022 Common Hymnal Publishing (ASCAP), Make It Plain (ASCAP), Mekkatte (ASCAP), BJOY MUSICS (ASCAP), Common Hymnal Digital (BMI), Seaux Chill Publishing (BMI), Soul Lore Creative (BMI) (admin by IntegratedRights.com)

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Common Hymnal has been working these past few years to create something special. As today’s generation engages less and less in the ‘overground’ church, we have been investing in the spiritual underground, building out a virtual library to facilitate a vibrant and ongoing exchange of songs, stories and ideas between the various communities in this space. We have treasure-hunted the uttermost extremities of the faith to stock this library with quality content, steering clear of cliches and spiritual fads in an effort to contribute meaningfully to a culture that values thoughtfulness and honesty. A growing realization: you get a much better view of the the future when you spend time at the margins. A growing hope: the transformation that happens when God’s people grab a hold of the future and drag it into the present. In the underground, praise and protest are inextricably intertwined. Spirituality is not escapist or dualist: it is real, integrated, and has a social conscience. Spiritual colonization is taboo. Likewise with this hymnal. We would like to see the seamless worship set replaced by a more democratized ritual that includes more art forms, a broader range of subject matter and a gutsy honesty. A kind way of saying: 'No more cliches! No more karaoke!' We are purposefully not pursuing a footprint in the current CCM/worship sub-culture, but are working, slowly and carefully, to coalesce a new demographic, serious Christ followers who find themselves on the outskirts as a result of not fully connecting with mainstream Christian culture. Therefore, we have been building out a Discord community (as part of our Patreon) to kill several birds with one stone: coalesce the uncoalesced into a new ecosystem; provide opportunity for underground creatives to meet, learn and collaborate; give underground activists backstage access to our content creation and internal communications; and realize some financial support.

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