Pauls Letter

January 7, 2021

This. Is. Everything. Amanda Gorman reads her poem written for Inauguration Day here--

Exhale. The long-held breath of the last few weeks under threat of continuing violence at the nation’s capitol and at our state capitols was finally released after Inauguration Day. New leadership at the national level promises a greater sense of direction to address the COVID-19 pandemic, prioritization and international cooperation to meet the challenges of climate change, and a new approach to immigration and racial justice at the federal level.

Now the focus moves to addressing the heartbreaking and nearly nation-breaking divide between neighbors, families and communities. Time-worn, strategies of naming, blaming and shaming individuals or platforms for these movements continue to result in failures to address the root issues of white supremacy and Christian nationalism. While the rule of law can and should apply to all, only love can transform the death throes of hate into the birth pangs of hope.

We have much work to do. This week, we continue to accompany the early Christian community in Rome to learn from their fears and failures how we might frame our own rebuilding.


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January 21, 2021

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It’s been a week to sorely try the Spirit. We have been shaken to our core. That which we thought “could never happen here” happened, as a sitting president incited a riot to storm the halls of Congress to interrupt the lawful transfer of power. It’s the kind of thing that makes you mad, sad, scared and in need of a word of truth and hope. That’s what God is anxious to give us all this Sunday. “Arise, Your Light is Come!” Please join us at 10 a.m.

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