An open letter on racial justice

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An open letter from Lutheran Student Community We continue to grieve the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and countless others across the nation who have been killed because of pervasive police brutality and white supremacy.  We acknowledge that we as a church have failed to love our neighbors as ourselves and have not lived in …

black lives matter

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I stopped reading.  I knew that he was killed in the next chapter.  I didn’t want to read on. A few years ago, I read Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign.  This history took me step by step through the appalling and racist working conditions endured by black sanitation workers in Memphis and the …

Weekly Prayer 6/9

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Lord, Jesus Christwho reached across the ethnic boundaries between Samaritan, Roman and Jewwho offered fresh sight to the blind and freedom to captives,help us to break down the barriers in our community,enable us to see the reality of racism and bigotry,and free us to challenge and uproot it from ourselves, our society and our world. John Bucki, SJ You’ll find …

Resources on Anti-racism

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Trevor Noah – The Daily Social Distancing Show | George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4amCfVbA_c Amber Ruffin Shares a Lifetime of Traumatic Run-ins With The Police – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o6OEyfuJU8 Keegan-Michael Key: My Encounters With Police Are Different – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A6I_a3EJwc James Baldwin’s “Black Lives Matter” Speech (1965) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbj0oZYucKs Nadia Bolz-Weber – A pastoral letter to my fellow …

Summer Book Club

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White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for White People to talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo In this groundbreaking and timely book, antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility. Referring to defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear and guilt, and by behaviors including …

Virtual Summer Bible Study – The Acts of the Apostles

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Beginning on Thursday, June 4th at 8 pm, we’ll spend some time exploring the Acts of the Apostles together! Join the Zoom and learn about the early church, the start of the spreading of the followers of Jesus, and what we can learn from their stories for our own lives! ALICIA ANDERSON is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.  …

Evening Prayer via Zoom Thursday July 9

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Though we will continue to connect via Zoom this summer, we are making some changes for the summer months. We will gather via Zoom for Evening Prayer using Holden Vespers after on July 9 at 8 pm. We’ll be having discussion / bible study the other Thursdays in June and July. It is always good to see each other, to …

Weekly Prayer: 6/2

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God of wind and fire, As we remember Pentecost, Fill me with your spirit and help me to understand and speak in languages I do not know. Give me compassion and mercy that opens my mind and my heart to new understanding. Help me learn from others, especially those who are different from me. Show me how their reality must …

Acts 2:1-21

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Acts 2:1-21 1When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the …

Weekly Prayer: 5/26

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God of resurrection, Fill me with hope in the new life that surrounds me. Spring growth. Bird songs. Flowing water. Refreshing rain. Each new dawn. Remind me that you have defeated death, that no matter how hopeless and desperate things may seem, your love and healing will triumph in the end. Give me strength when the sorrows that surround me …