"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.”
“Fatherhood is caring for my family as myself. Being so moved by the will and passion of others, that I come up with compromises. I move out of the way, so my child can move freely. I move in front of her, when there is danger. I move against her, if she is putting herself or others in danger. But always moving. Always loving. Rarely am I ever unmoved, when I think of her.”
"The gift or miracle of Pentecost may be as simple as this: that the Spirit is leading the Church to speak in languages that people can understand. And this leads to my core question for us to consider today. Does our work and our worship communicate our mission in ways that people can understand?"
We have the knowledge. We know the science. When it comes to climate change, what we need more than anything else is the character and conviction to act. And if we want to act long-term, then we’ll probably need joy, as well.