Dismantling Racism: The Jesus Movement
- Linda Foster
- Mar 02, 2016
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The Most Rev’d Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, has spoken a great deal about the Jesus Movement. He says that we are the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement in the world.
First we must consider who Jesus was. He was the son of a tradesman (and a woman who, at one point, was pregnant and single), and was a political and religious dissident who lived in occupied territory. He hung out with the wrong people, and he was more worried about their well-being than following the rules.
And, we then must consider what he did. He cared so much about all of our souls that he gave us the gift of his life.
Who are we? We also live in an occupied society. We are preoccupied with things of this world. As a society, we revere success, power, and money. Society seems less enamored of loving kindness, doing justice, and walking humbly with God and our fellow travelers.
We come from different backgrounds and places. At its most simple, we are black and white, straight and gay, male and female...the permutations are truly endless.
What does our Jesus movement look like? It isn’t really all that much different than in Jesus’ time. We must love one another, and God, as God loves us.
We must be willing to roll up our sleeves and get to work to create the Kingdom of God on earth. We must recognize the face of God in all the faces we meet...all of them, no exceptions. We must care for one another, every last one of us.
And, we must ensure that we are united as children of God...where no one is the “other.”
We are the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement.
Please join us on Sunday as we continue our discussion of Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy.
Also, we will be sending out information regarding the trip to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. As discussed in the Forum, we are planning a visit on the afternoon of 19 March.