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Inauguration Day: Be Peace, Love, Hope

We are living in historic times as we witness the peaceful transition of power taking place from the administration of President Barack Obama to that of incoming President-elect Donald Trump.

The arc of the moral universe seems longer than ever right now.  The arc of U.S. history is on full display this week.

Tensions are high.. and more than ever we need hope, we need courage, we need community, we need prophetic witness. We have much to learn from the prophetic and revolutionary teachings of Jesus and the great crowds of witnesses who followed him, especially Dr King.

We, as a country, have “separation of church & state” that serves to honor freedom of religion, and to ensure that we will not be run as a theocracy. As faith based communities,  the law prohibits us from endorsing a political candidate or party, but does not prohibit us from speaking about, and advocating for policies and programs that are consistent with our faith beliefs. Dr. King spoke, “But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.”  On this day we remember, with gratitude, Dr King with a vision, courage, and faith so strong that it was not only a vision worth living for, but even dying for.

Each of us must find our way to respond to fear and hatred with love:

  • To move from indifference to engagement
  • To move from despair to hope
  • To move from a sense of powerlessness to a sense of power in these times.

This week many of us, myself included, will be engaged in rallies, marches, and protests to advocate for policies that protect  those most vulnerable in our country and in the world.  My prayer is that we conduct ourselves with courage, with love, and with peace in our words and in our actions.

Blessings, Pastor Laurie

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