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A Season of Peace: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Making peace by ending violence When we are the wicked Rev. Eric Markman Psalm 147:6 The Lord lifts up the downtrodden, he casts the wicked to the ground. Reflection: What happens when we might be the wicked? In November 2018, I participated in a Peacemaking Travel Study Seminar to Korea, hosted by loving and hospitable… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Making peace by ending violence A time to pause Michelle Muñiz Psalm 54:2-3 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth. For the insolent have risen against me, the ruthless seek my life; they do not set God before them. Selah Reflection: I’ve had the privilege to witness and admire… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Monday, September 23, 2019

Making peace by ending violence Confronting corporate violence Rev. Eric Markman Psalm 145:14 The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down. Reflection: It was my first month as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small village in Sierra Leone. Night came quickly near the equator; with no electricity,… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Sunday, September 22, 2019

Making peace by ending violence Repenting, one step at a time Rev. Ginna Bairby Luke 3:10-11 The crowds asked John, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with the one who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Reflection: John the Baptist preaches… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Saturday, September 21, 2019

Making peace by disrupting systematic racism Honoring God is loving and serving all Rev. Raafat L. Zaki 1 Corinthians 4:1–2  Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. Reflection: Faithfulness is measured not only by our commitment… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Friday, September 20, 2019

Making peace by disrupting systematic racism Honoring God’s temples  Rev. Jessica Vazquez Torres  1 Corinthians 3:16 (CEB) Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person,because God’s temple is holy, which is what you are. Reflection: It is abhorrent that we… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Making peace by disrupting systematic racism Blessing vs. privilege  Susan Keil Smith  Matthew 5:3– and 5:5  “Blessed are the poor in spirit … blessed are the meek …” Reflection: The Beatitudes have always been challenging for me. Perhaps it’s meant to be that way. Reading the Beatitudes against the backdrop of racism, the lesson they… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Making peace by disrupting systematic racism The problem with purity  Rev. Jessica Vazquez Torres Psalm 15:1-3 (CEB)  Who can live in your tent, Lord? Who can dwell on your holy mountain? The person who  … does no damage with their talk, does no harm to a friend, doesn’t insult a neighbor.   Reflection: For a country purporting… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Making peace by disrupting systematic racism Intellectual bigotry and racism Joseph Jadway Marasigan 1 Corinthians 1:30 (NIV) It is because of God that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God — that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.  Reflection: In his letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul warns… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Monday, September 16, 2019

Making peace by disrupting systematic racism The problem of power  Rev. Jessica Vazquez Torres  Matthew 4:1 (CEB)  Then the Spirit led Jesus up into the wilderness so that the devil might tempt him. Reflection: Power. We struggle with how to use it responsibly. When asked about power, many people respond with a paraphrase of Lord… Read more »