An Evening Of Rhapsody: A Musical Tribute to Bishop Walter L. Hawkins

Legend, leader, pioneer, bishop, pastor, prophet, psalmist, artist, vocalist, lyricist, mentor, patriarch, loving godfather, family man, friend, confidant, and more may be used to describe the renowned Walter L. Hawkins. Ask anyone that knew him and prepare to listen to a lengthy, verbal biography. Whomever you ask might also tell you that his reach extended across the continents, in places some had never realized. This is perhaps the reason faith communities all over were rocked by the news of his death, July 11th, 2010. That day, most certainly, was a day of mourning.

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In Loving Memory of Bishop Walter Hawkins from Bishop Flunder

For several days I have been remembering.  There was a season when I was emerging from an incredibly difficult time in my life. I had resolved that I would never be able to reconcile the conflicts I had with the faith community that raised me. I just did not fit…as a woman preacher, as a community activist and as a Same Gender Loving woman. I had planned to go far away.

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