In our scripture this morning from the book of Exodus, a new King has taken over who fears the people of God. The new King forgot all about Joseph, the Israelite slave who saved his country. Instead the King and his supporters are fixated on the growing number of immigrants and the threat that represents to their culture and privileges. No matter how harshly they are treated, the immigrants continue to multiply – for they have love! We can feel many similarities in our own si
It is assembly time – the time when we gather up the best in ourselves and each other; when we gather up what God has made of us this year. We began with an assembly WITH the prophets. We affirmed our spiritual center in which we recognize no higher authority than a God of justice and love – and where all follow the instruction to live in unselfish love towards each other. Together in this spiritual center we stand on Holy Ground and we are renewed in our faith. In the second
This church grew out of the struggle of our families against separation by unjust immigration laws. Some of their children were undocumented “dreamers”; others were born here and were citizens. As their children grew up to be young adults they faced the dual threat of mass deportation and mass incarceration, racial profiling and police murder. In any struggle the most important development is for “the next generation” to take up, continue and raise the level of that struggle.
Today we honor those families that have defended their right to stay together and those families who have been reunited through our struggle. They are joined together today to pray for those families that are still facing separation or who still struggle to be reunited. It is the season of Assembly, the season in which we recognize God’s intervention in our life’s journey this year – and assemble those whose faith has been increased so we can prepare for next year. So today w