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We wrestled this past Sunday night, through the Christmas story of Herod and the slaughter of children, with the realities of abusive power, terror and violence. We recognize during the Advent season that whatever it means for God to arrive, whatever it means for light to break forth in the midst of such darkness, it must address these most pressing and horrific realities.
Today we are reminded far too vividly, with the slaughter of even more children in Pakistan, that the need remains for a world renewed by a shared resolve for peace, a world bathed in the light of love. Even as we grieve with the families of children, even as we honestly wonder “if?”, or “where?”, or “why?” God might be in the wake of such darkness… there are things in us even deeper than our sadness, rooted in places inaccessible to our disbelief, anger, and skepticism; There exists an involuntary safe harbor in the heart, the human spirit, the soul of a person that will hold fast hope… will hope against hope… hope in the face of the unforgivable and irredeemable… hope for a world world where the tiniest flicker of light can finally banish the horror of our present shadows, where our lust for certainty, control and power, where the hate and terror that closely follow our fears, and where our inhumanity toward one another, even children, can no longer remain.
Even when we can no longer believe in the light to come… we hope for it, yearn for it. And even when we hang our heads in disappointment, the eyes behind our eyes dart for the horizon, wondering, aching for an arrival.
God with us? The light of Justice? Peace on earth? Good news for ALL People?
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We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
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