“Somehow, we have to discuss this disturbing tale of what appears to be divinely-ordained parental abuse at that same time that we are celebrating a child’s entry into a faith that is supposed to guide his steps towards peace and forgiveness.”
Last month, much of our country looked on together in wonder at the sight of the solar eclipse. This week, we watch together in horror at hurricanes and floods and fire. What is God calling us to do in this moment?
“The psalm remembers the suffering of others and echoes God’s call for justice. It calls readers and listeners to identify with others who are broken. This psalm does that amazing thing that happens so often in our scriptures: it simultaneously speaks to us in our own suffering while also reminding us of the needs of others.”
“For most of this past week, I wanted to punch Nazis.”
“The people who showed up to the rally were by and large white Christian men. They don’t speak for me. I condemn their actions and their motives. And I wholeheartedly disagree with their interpretations of what it means to be white, Christian, and male.
And at the same time, I need to recognize and confess that I benefit from the same systematic racism as they do.”
“I’m not worried. The legacy I leave here are children and families I’ve walked with for the past four years. Our children know the power of Blessing Hands. They know to be skeptical of easy answers. They know they are theologians. And most importantly they know they are beloved for their whole selves here in this community.”
“Yes, even though Jesus tells us not to worry, as a community we’re still going to – but more importantly, as a church we’re going to help each other relax. The presence of the sweet, sweet spirit is here because of you – and She will remind us of the love that fills and sustains us.”