These past weeks have been hard, violence filled weeks. Our local planned parenthood
was arsoned a few weeks ago. Last week, the news was filled with headlines about the Standford rape case. In both person and professional contexts, I witnessed so many people struggling with how such news triggered their own sexual assault experiences. Then early Sunday morning, the news of the shooting in Orlando and a week of the aftermath, of photos, of tributes. And Friday June 17th is the one year anniversary of the shootings at the AME Zion Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston.
We Unitarian Universalists ground ourselves in a theology of radical, robust love. Remember, in these times when violence seems to bring us to a breaking point, you are loved. We are loved. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.
This love is not just expressed in prayers and vigils– it is a love that makes a concrete difference. As Cornell West so wisely puts its “Justice is what love looks like in public.” And we can express this love, make this concrete difference, even more effectively when we build relationships with one another and other faith communities. That’s why a small group of us joined Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church on Sunday afternoon in their special 114th year anniversary worship. That’s why today, I’m participating in a statewide meeting of clergy, organized by PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) that want our congregations to work together to make that kind of concrete difference.
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.
I look forward to worshiping with you all this Sunday: Getting Outside–it’s Summer and hot though it may be, let’s not forget to get outside. Outside of our houses, outside of our routines, outside of our usual ways of thinking. We will also take time to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting. Worship Leaders this week are Rev. Darcy Baxter and Avonelle Tomlinson.
FYI: This is my last Sunday worshiping with you all before I head to our national general assembly in Columbus Ohio and then take 4 weeks of vacation and study leave, returning on Tuesday July 26th. During this time, please contact the Board President regarding urgent matters. For pastoral emergencies, you can reach me on my cell phone.