Supporting Workers – Proper 17
Discipleship is about what we do with our feet. The metaphor of feet is a rich one indeed. One of the powerful images of Scripture is that of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper (John 13). To be sure, the washing of feet was a sign of welcome and hospitality. It was in like manner an act of humility. It was also an act and a model of service.
How can we as people of faith support those who are quite literally on their feet all day at low paying jobs without health insurance and other benefits of life?
Christian Unity – Proper 13
God’s holy purpose is the unity of the whole creation and the unity of the church as a witness to that purpose. Nothing is more important or takes priority over the divine embrace of unity in Christ. We read it and weep at the continuing and growing scandal of our multiple divisions.
Death Penalty – Pentecost
Several years ago I met the mother of a condemned man who had been on death row for twenty years. We happened to be standing outside Gov. Hunt’s office, waiting for our turn to appeal for clemency for her son. At that time, Gov. Hunt was willing to meet with the family of the murderer before the execution. When she was finally called into the governor’s office, I remember thinking that I wasn’t sure I would be able to leave that office quietly after begging for my son’s life, but she did it. She walked out with dignity and hugged me hard. She was hanging on for dear life. Three days later her son died at the hands of the state.
State Budget – Easter 5
When we examine our conscience to consider how we have sinned, we must look at not only what we have done, but also what we have failed to do. Do my actions show a love for all? Am I working for the common good? Am I simply concerned with my personal needs and the needs of my immediate family and my own kind—or do I demonstrate a love and concern for all God’s people?
Interfaith Connections – Easter 4–Updated 4/13/2015
In 21st century North Carolina we have many and various ways to come into contact with “other sheep.” Will we stick to our own kind, work to create a Christian enclave where we feel safe and secure, free from any risk? Or, will we be the welcoming face, the open hands, the purposeful feet, and the compassionate voice of Christ in the world so that all may know the love of God?
Living Wages – Easter 2 — Updated March 24, 2015
Some would say that we live in a culture which idolizes work, that today’s capitalistic society has taken the Puritan work ethic, one which praised individualism and thrift, and distorted it into a dangerous, frenzied race for ‘the top.’ Once people worked to live; now they live to work. Work is often worshipped, and one’s status, intelligence, and virtue are determined by how well that work pays.
Predatory Lending – Lent 3 Updated 2/20/2015
Borrowers of payday loans are often faced with the same decision as the ancient Jews: either pay for the convenience of an overpriced good, or not have an important need met. As Jesus deemed this type of exploitation to be unacceptable during His time, we should stand up against such practices today.
Care of Creation – Lent 1
Our culture views Creation as ‘the environment.’ It is separate from us. It is ‘out there,’ ready to be used and abused as we please. This is a severe corruption of our spiritual relationship with Creation, and with God. I resolved personally to reconnect, to live more mindfully and spiritually, and less materialistically. My wife and I began our major life transition. Most of our precious possessions – our ‘stuff’ – went to charity.