When I was in seminary, I sometimes grew frustrated with the scholarly language of texts and the weird bureaucratic made up a lot of euphemisms for things: for sin, I said, “Sin is such a strong word. Instead, let’s call it opportunity for forgiveness.” Our Gospel text for Sunday shows Jesus telling his followers what kind of community they are: a community that listens, repents, and forgives. His point is that repentance and forgiveness go together. Our Christian community is not perfect, and, like family or friends, those whom you love most hurt the most. In the Christian community, there are many opportunities for forgiveness, and they come for us to grow in love and faith together.
Our texts really stress that we are more than a club and more than an association: we are a brotherhood, a sisterhood, a family. We are the whole human family. As you know, our government has decided to target immigrant families, even to the point of breaking non-citizen parents from their citizen children.
If you want to see if you can stand up for families, try the New Sanctuary Coalition’s training here at OSA on September 23rd from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. This is called accompaniment training, and you will be taught to share in the trials (literally) of people being deported. Your primary purpose is to bear witness to their plight, and to demonstrate to the judiciary that these are valued and loved members of the human family. Let me know if you’d like to come.
Also on September 23rd, in the evening, we continue our mad dash to the end of our capital campaign with Trivia Night. Look for an e-mail from me explaining the cost of entry and so on, but there will pie, trivia, and pie and pi trivia. It’s going to be great, starting that evening at 7:30.