…It doesn’t matter if ones sermon is half written when one reads an online article by the Washington Post: The Ku Klux Klan wants to rally in Charlottesville. Now this college town is on edge again.
It doesn’t matter if I feel that I have recently addressed this topic on at least three occasions, including last week. When I receive an email such as this one:
I am deeply distressed by plans for a KKK rally in Charlottesville on July 8 and another “torchbearer” rally being organized by Jason Kessler in August. I’d like to know how I can be present as a positive, loving, prayerful presence during both events (either at another location in our community during that time or, if most helpful, at the events themselves). I’m not interested in screaming epithets at people, even if I despise their beliefs, but I cannot be silent and invisible. Do you have any suggestions? Are there others talking about how to do this and is there a way for me to join their conversation and efforts?…
When these things happen, I as your pastor and your priest feel the need to call a family meeting. So, this morning I hope to offer some words that will once again fortify us as Christians for the difficult days ahead.
I want to do that by broadly addressing three topics: who we are, what we believe and what we do, especially when our core values are threatened…
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