To choose to leave the safety of my apartment and bed to enter the world, in all the unknowns and often chaos.
I also believe that it is here in the church that we can continue to break down some of the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Samuel is called by name. Right now, the turn into summer reminds me so strongly that we are in Pride Month – a month of born out of a protest, when trans women of color and drag queens and butches refused to lay down for the police yet again, but instead boldly took space at the Stonewall Inn, saying, “here we are”, in our queerness, in our community. By calling Samuel directly, God affirms the value and importance of our naming’s.
Oftentimes, the Season After Pentecost, the longest season in the church year, stretches through the summer months without much fanfare….
“Unlike many other referenda on our ballots which only advise elected officials on policy issues, this would be a binding referendum. This means that if gets on the ballot and the people of the community vote yes, it will go into effect.”
The day I was asked to write this I stepped on my bus to head home after work and said, “Hello,” to the bus driver—just as I always do to every bus driver. “Hello, pretty lady,” he replied. For some, ELCA Social Teaching Documents appear to be little booklets that gather dust on a shelf,
“If we take our full selves with us this evening to the proximity of the cross, we might ask how an unjust legal system and police forces continue to murder African-American males, including Stephon Clark? Or how xenophobia continues to sow distrust, anger, hate amongst God’s creation? Or how a sibling look can another sibling and say: you do not belong because of your sexuality.”
“For when we set our minds on divine things, when we do take up our cross for the sake of Jesus, and the sake of the gospel, for when we step into the boldness of the journey of lent, we find hope in the midst of this suffering. “
in today’s gospel
we encounter a Jesus
who uses water to redefine what relationships might be.
We’re getting ready for Pentecost here at St. Luke’s and beginning to think about flowers to mark the occasion. We’ll be ordering a variety of flowers this year in hot colors to remind us of Holy Spirit’s presence with us. The price per order is $10.00 payable upon ordering. We will be purchasing a variety of flowers.