Inside our church, music designed for introspection is always gently playing  so that if people come inside, music can hopefully move people into a reflective holy space. But, for today, I decided to create a simple meditative space dedicated to the seven human beings who recently, through acts of dehumanization, decided their lives were no longer cherished, or wanted on this earth:

Candle on purple; mourning the loss of recent GLBT suicides represented by 7 stones.

As I took a survey of my past, I remembered a person from high school who used to put up with a fair amount of teasing. If I remember correctly, his first name was Darrell, and he was somewhat effeminate. I remember others making fun of the way he talked, and walked, and now, thinking back, he must have had a difficult time. I also recall being teased, as I was not on a football or baseball team, but in music and dance programs in and out of high school.

Bullying and teasing, especially the vulnerable, is dehumanizing and feeds into evil. We must take action when we see it, or hear it. We must teach others, we must teach ourselves. We must realize that things can’t get better until we say, “enough.”