“Each of us as individual members of this one body are re-membered into one body with the great cloud of witnesses who join us today in the breaking of bread and flickering of candlelight. So friends, let us pause. Linger. Notice this morning. This is sacred space and sacred work that we are sharing together here at this table of remembrance.”
"The scripture read this morning from the book of Acts paints a similar vision of a community without barriers. It’s a vision of an ideal, but it’s a fleeting vision, even in Scripture. You shared how essential and valuable it was to build a zero-barrier community. You’ve also shared that this was a temporary project. Is there a way to make a community without barriers last? What’s holding us back?”
At a time when it’s one terrible story after another. One reminder of America’s fall from grace, after another. Remind yourselves of our common dream. Remind yourselves of the country worth standing up for…that’s what I was reminded of, when I read, Of Thee I Sing.
“If you were Charlotte,” I ask Doris, “what word would you choose to weave into the web—to save the world?”
“Friendship,” Doris says, “for everybody just to try friendship. That’s hard to do.”
Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility: Why it’s Hard for White People to Talk About Racism:
"Interrupting the forces of racism is ongoing lifelong work because the forces conditioning us into racist frameworks are always at play; our learning will never be finished. Yet our simplistic definition of racism - as intentional acts of racial discrimination committed by immoral individuals - engenders a confidence that we are not part of the problem and that our earning is thus complete.”