I am just getting back from the annual summer conference of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, Bautistas Por La Paz. As always, it was a fine gathering of like-minded and like-hearted people interested in securing a world of peace with justice. Especially challenging this year was the theme of “decentering power and privilege”, when such power and privilege lies (often unconsciously) in the hands of white, male, US-dominated, heteronormative culture. It’s a challenge to learn and unlearn about our biases that often determine how we engage with the world. Where would Jesus, the ultimate power decenterer spend his time and energy? Food for thought.
Prophetically, the Worship Planning Team decided at our last meeting in June to focus our worship year on the theme of: “Speaking Truth In/To Power”. We’ll be meeting again this evening from 5:00-8:30 at Kathleen Tice's community room, 415 Almond Ave. W., St. Paul 55108. Bring something you'd want to eat and maybe something to share. We'll eat as we meet and end by 8:30. Anyone is welcome, regardless if you have served on the team before. We’d love your input!
As you know, the turmoil in Nicaragua continues. There will be a fundraiser and update this Thursday evening at First Universalist Church 3400 Dupont Ave S, Minneapolis. The event will be from 6:30-8:00pm and will feature members of the Project Minnesota/Leon staff who have travelled here from Nicaragua. All summer trips and our college internship have been cancelled due to safety concerns. This will impact their budget and ability to fund community development work. A donor has offered a match for up to $5000 in donations made before July 15.
Sunday’s worship service will be held at First Congregational Church. I will be preaching and my sermon is entitled, “The Lord’s Prayer #3: Debtors or Tresspassers?”
Tuesday: 5-8:30pm Worship Planning Retreat, 5:30pm-7:30pm Sacred Harp,
Thursday: 1pm Garden Team, 6:30pm PML Fundraizer @ First Universalist Church,
Sunday:10am combined Worship Service with First Congregational at FCC,
Blessings and Peace,