Midweek Message – 24 June 2015

Writing about last week’s shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, Susan Thistlethwaite, a former seminary president, wrote this week in the Huffington Post:
“I believe we have reached what we should call a kairos moment in the U.S.
Kairos is an ancient Greek word and concept; unlike chromos, or time understood as the ordinary sequence of events, kairos actually means a break in time, a time out of time in which everything happens all at once.”    (http://tinyurl.com/abreakintime)

Kairos Cross“Kairos moment” is a phrase you wouldn’t want to throw around too easily, or say too often.  It ought to be reserved for big events, about big issues, a moment when we might actually be feeling the ground beneath our feet shift.

I think this might be one of those moments.

It’s not reasonable to call Dylann Roof, who last week killed nine people at a historic black church, a “whacked-out kid”.

We would have to work pretty hard not to connect this event with the deaths of unarmed black men in police custody that we are just beginning to be conscious about.

It has become almost impossible to deny that there is a legacy of racism in this country, or that all of us are living with the destructive effects of America’s failure to deal fully with its long history of slavery and racial discrimination.

This is the time for us to face the truths of racism—honestly, with humility, and with a willingness to make the changes without which this country, our communities, our families cannot heal or be healthy.

As we wait for a Supreme Court decision that will decide whether another group of people will be included in privileges that the rest of us have enjoyed for a longtime without question— the rights and blessings of marriage—I am reminded that even Supreme Court decisions don’t have the power to change us.  The opening of minds and hearts comes much more slowly, and it requires different tools.

Real change takes courage.  It takes a willingness to do the work that needs to be done, and to bear some costs.  It takes the gathered intentions of many people who are deeply convinced of the right thing to do.

May we be ready to be fully engaged in this Kairos moment.

With love and with prayers for courage—Kathi

Summer Gospel Choir starts this Sunday, June 28, as the Chancel Choir goes into hiatus.  James Creer will lead this pick-up choir, which is open to EVERYONE that would like to sing. No previous choral experience needed – just the desire to sing in a group setting. Rehearsals will take place each Sunday morning from June 28th through August 9th, in the sanctuary from 9:00 to 9:45am, prior to worship service at 10:00am.
You may come and join in for all 6 Sundays or any one of them. 

THANK YOU to all the people who gave time and treasure so generously last Sunday to make our joint worship service and Father’s Day lunch with the New Creation congregation a wonderful and joyful celebration!

On Saturday, July 11, the Abdul Miracle Disabled Children’s Foundation (AMDCF)
will hold a fundraising picnic from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm
at El Quito Park, 12855 Paseo Presada, Saratoga.
AMDCF, founded by Campbell UMC member Sahr Moiwa in honor of his inspirational 6-year-old son Abdul who was severely injured in an automobile accident, is a non-profit organization that strives to promote the education of and make positive changes in the lives of disabled children in Sierra Leone. It offers scholarships; provides school supplies, uniforms, and transportation to help those (disabled students) who struggle with the expenses of fulfilling their educational goals. This is an important opportunity for all of us to support our extended network of family and friends in the African Fellowship and in Sierra Leone.

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