In These Days…

A friend of mine recently observed, “If I hear anyone say ‘In these days’ one more time…”
 
In these days of the coronavirus… In these days of record unemployment…  In these days of racial tension…  In these days of uncertain leadership…  In these days of a fraying social fabric…
 
I understand my friend’s sentiment, it all seems so overwhelming.  I met with my Valley Shore interfaith colleagues this week, and we all felt the same way – what could possibly come next?  (Have you heard about the stadium-sized asteroid headed in the general direction of the earth?)  But we also felt a strong call to action, rooted in worship, in the presence of God and in the fellowship of one another.   As a response to the horrific deaths of black Americans like George Floyd and a near-countless host before him, we decided to host a virtual service of repentance and hope Wednesday June 24 at 7:00.  I will send more details as we develop them.
 
Meanwhile, my colleague and friend The Rev. Heather Ramsey Mabrouk has published a list of suggested resources for reading.   They include A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, White Fragility by Robin Diangelo, So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  There are of course many, many more, but these are a good place to begin; I wager many of you are familiar with at least some of these titles.
 
This Sunday we will celebrate the sacrament of communion, so be sure to have your cup and grain of choice ready for the morning.  You can find the bulletin and the link to the service below.
 
And while we will be worshiping remotely for the foreseeable future (I hope you had the chance to read the summary of the Church Council’s conversation about phasing toward eventual resumption of in-person worship), next Sunday June 14 we will be worshipping even more remotely than usual.  Debbie’s mother turns 95 next week, so we are driving to Cincinnati to celebrate with her, and I will lead worship from there.  That will be quite the handoff for Karli to make, but I’m confident she can reach Ohio.  And since I will be working remotely for the full week, I will remain reachable via the usual methods.

 
June 7, 2020 Bulletin
 
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Grace & peace,
 
  Alan

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