Saturday, September 19th
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
A webinar with other Episcopalians from around the Diocese of Olympia to learn about how increasing your skill in navigating intercultural similarity and difference can help you begin to do the personal work necessary to navigate, understand, and support efforts to dismantle racism in our church and in our individual lives. CLICK HERE to register
• how are you staying connected to St. John’s during this time?
• what do you miss most by not being at church every Sunday?
• what is happening in your life that is surprising or new?
If you have any ideas for content that you would like to see or would like to help us create for the Episcopaper, please contact Jackie Grove (email@example.com) or Dave Baldwin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The date of September 11 carries the dreadful memories of pain and violence. On September 11, 1973, General Augusto Pinochet, supported by the CIA, lead a coup d’ état against President Salvador Allende in Chile, leading to many years of violence and oppression.
On September 11, 2001, we heard the horrific news of the terrorist attack on New York City and the Pentagon. Many of us can tell with exact details where we were and what we were doing when we heard about it. The shock left us confused, broken, bereaved, and enraged. Our hearts and spirits were crushed.
On 9/11/2001, we, in the United States, experienced a fragility and vulnerability never known before. Such desolation moved many of us to drink from the deep wells of our spiritual traditions. There were silent vigils and prayer services. In our pain and confusion, we opened ourselves to Divine wisdom.
Today, in our COVID-19 pandemic time, the prophetic call for Racial justice, the lack of courage from our nations’ leaders to the well-being of people over profit – it edifies us to seek Holy Wisdom and Divine Grace.
Our Antiracist Book Study will meet over Zoom on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM. The first book in our study will be How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. You can purchase the book at any online bookseller, including our local bookstores. I know Uppercase Bookstore in Snohomish takes orders online.
I have three copies for any of you to borrow. In our first meeting on September 17, we will discuss our learnings and challengers from these chapters in the book:
My Racist Introduction
ii. Dueling Consciousness
From Fr. Eliacín
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. – Romans 13:11
It is my constant prayer that love, faith, and hope to be with you every day. Love is what sustains us and mobilize us as followers of the Way of Jesus. In the Epistle reading for this coming Sunday, Romans 13:8-14, St. Paul reminds us that love is what we owe one another. St. Paul’s and Jesus in the Gospels present us with a perfect love – a verb, an active performance of seeking wholeness and well-being for the other.
“Owe no on me anything, except for love one another…”
While the commandment to love others is always at the core of our discipleship, it is also a constant demand. Just like God’s love is not a stale love, but new and fresh for us at every moment in our lives, so is the demand to love others. The commandment to love one another asks that we always seek to love intentionally at this moment in my life:
How do I love during this time of COVID-19?
How do I love during this time of the prophetic call for racial justice in our country?
“Love does no wrong to the neighbor…”
Christian love is not a passive posture. It is a generator, a live-wire that propels us to lively name and resists evil, seeks and serves Christ in all persons, and strives for justice and peace in respecting every human being’s dignity. In sum, by actively loving, we craft the experience of the Kingdom of God for others, in which we can all have life abundantly.
So… in times of lies and manipulations, love speaks truth.
In times of violence toward black lives, love proclaims that Black Lives Matter.
In times of perversion of religious symbols and language for oppressive purposes, love calls us to the liberating words and actions of Jesus.