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Immigration: Who Is My Neighbor?

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord,
“My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”  Psalm 91:1-2

 In light of President Trump’s recent executive order banning immigrants from seven majority Muslim countries, we are once again confronted with the question: who is my neighbor?

Join us this Sunday as we explore the ethics and biblical teachings about sanctuary. Joining us to share his experiences with the sanctuary movement is Bob Lane. In addition to working with the justice task forces in his home church, the Mt. Diablo, UU Church, Bob is an active member of the Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME).  FAME is a coalition of clergy, lay leaders and congregations that works in solidarity with marginalized groups toward the Beloved Community where all persons have their basic needs met, where every person’s worth is recognized and affirmed, and where the dignity of labor and of all those who perform it is honored.  FAME is currently a part of the New Sanctuary Movement providing accompaniment and protection for those targeted for displacement and dispossession.

This Sunday we will also be collecting donations, food & clothing for those most vulnerable here in Oakland, including undocumented families. (please read the announcement about “Souperbowl Sunday“) 

Also, speaking about sanctuary is our very own Mirtha Ninayahuar, who’s advocacy work over the past few years has been life-changing, not only for the families she has supported, but also for her.

According to a Jan 31st  New York Times article, the children around the world who most need emergency international assistance come mainly from the countries singled out in President Trump’s order barring entry to the US, according to a United Nations assessment. 

“This shows who the ban really impacts: the world’s most vulnerable, women and children who are fleeing terror,” said Jennifer Sime, a senior vice president at the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian organization focused on refugees. “America is turning away from its leadership role on refugee resettlement, and it is refugees who are paying the price.”

 Blessings and peace, Pastor Laurie

Find Common Ground

joy-nature-sunsetIt certainly is hot these days!

Were you one of the 81 million people who watched the presidential debates live on Monday?

I watched it, along with about 200 other people at Everett and Jones BBQ in Jack London square. The location was sweltering hot given Monday’s 90 degree temp; the crowd of rowdy, emotional people; and the huge portions of steaming hot BB chicken and ribs. It was surreal- a bit like watching a Warriors game during the playoffs with a bunch of Warriors fans.

I imagined during the evening the millions of other viewers and voters watching with other like- minded people, and I was thinking about how polarized our country has become. More than ever, we need to learn ways to open up conversations with people very different from us in order to find common ground;  from our most intimate relationships, to our global geo-political relationships, to our relationship with the earth and with all of creation.

This Sunday we celebrate World Communion and the feast of one of my favorite saints, St Francis, lover of the poor, and lover of all creatures.

I invite you on this World Communion Sunday, to join us as we seek to bring forth a truer sense of communion within ourselves, with all people, and with all of life. Join us for our annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday at 3 pm! And like us on Facebook!

I leave you with the refrain from St Francis’s Canticle of the Sun:

The heavens are telling the glory of God, 
And all creation is shouting for joy! 
Come, dance in the forest, come, play in the field, 
And sing, sing to the glory of the Lord! 

Listen here!
Blessings,  Pastor Laurie,   (421-2646) revlauriemanning@aol.com