Housing Discrimination in American Law
A Note from Pastor V – in early summer 2021, I preached a sermon on Mark 4, in which Jesus “stills a storm” on the Sea of Galilee. In that sermon I took note of one of our contemporary cultural storms – the renewed and often controversial discussion about the ongoing effects of America’s racial oppression of Native and African peoples. Some folks asked “where I got my information” so I’m sharing a link from a recent talk by Richard Rothstein, author of “The Color of Law,” in which he speaks from the extensive research he undertook in writing that book. Our discussion about race in America today is focused less on personal prejudice, and more on issues of “systemic racism” – shorthand for ways in which the prejudice and oppression of earlier days is now deeply hidden in the systems of national, state and local laws that continue to keep our country in a state of racial division and inequality of opportunity. Listen and learn more about why this happened, why it continues, and what people of faith and good will can do!
Keynote Address from Synod Assembly “Everyday Spirituality”
A Musical Prayer from Psalm 137
I really wanted this brief prayer to be ready for my final Wednesday Vespers Service about “Mount Zion.” I just couldn’t get it all figured out and edited in time! Psalm 137 is so appropriate for this time we have been through – at least parts of it are – the ending is so harsh it’s not even in the hymnal. But it comes from the time of Israel’s exile in Babylon, asking “how can we sing the songs of Zion in a strange land?” I offer it to you in that spirit, as a prayer that I and we have offered almost week by week as we have wondered how to continue worship in this “strange land” of pandemic time. But I also offer it to you in the hopes that it makes you smile, and give thanks for the amazing technology that has made adapting to this time possible, and opened up avenues of creativity that we might never have explored. Through the Spirit, God calls us to learn and grow, even in the hardest times. Enjoy, pray along, and ask God to help YOU answer the question, at the end of that prayer.
Earth Day (Wed. April 22) Devotion by Susan Mull
Susan is a graduate of Lancaster Seminary and a member of our choir. Thank you, Susan for sharing reflections on the earth as our home, and for singing a lovely hymn of blessing!
Links to some of my recent sermons that you can read if you like:
Fourth Sunday in Lent, 2020 https://www.dropbox.com/s/fx4j3h5oc9mbpbs/20%20Fourth%20Sunday%20in%20Lent.doc?dl=0
Third Sunday in Lent, 2017 https://www.dropbox.com/s/yxhl9jit9fbjmiq/19%20third%20sunday%20in%20lent.doc?dl=0
Second Sunday in Lent, 2020 – https://www.dropbox.com/s/yl6t1nwn02cyync/15%20Second%20Sunday%20in%20Lent.doc?dl=0
Grace Member Susan Mull with a Prayer of St. Theresa of Avila and a Song in the Woods – Thank You Susan!