Jim Wallis describes the experience of faith leaders in Ferguson on Monday, repenting of their own complicity before personally asking the police officers blocking the way into the station to “become part of repentance.”
"The big question is what happens next, especially when the news fades in Ferguson. Repentance means changed behaviors, and that change must happen around the country from the local to the national level. It will and must be a very big change. Ferguson must now be transformed from a moment to a movement.
"Racial policing is a sin — against our brothers and sisters, against genuine American democracy, and finally against God. Quite simply, this American sin must be repented of and turned around. The American faith community cannot rest until that repentance is done.
"Reversing the sins of a racialized criminal justice system is becoming an agenda for a new generation — including a new generation of believers from every race and faith community in America. I marched together with that new generation in Ferguson yesterday, and we were arrested together—in repentance. Thanks Be to God."
Getting ready for our first OWL (Our Whole Lives) comprehensive sex ed class with the middle school youth group. Best ministry I do all year!
Our Whole Lives is a comprehensive sex ed curriculum developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). It was developed by a church (the UU church) and it’s so good Planned Parenthood offers it through their site/org!
Let us worship with the opening
of all the windows of our beings,
with the full outstretching of our spirits.
Life comes with singing and laughter,
with tears and confiding,
with a rising wave
too great to be held in the mind
and heart and body,
to those who have fallen in love with life.
Let us worship, and let us learn to love.