compassion 1: say their names

This summer, we move away from the lectionary to focus on the theme of compassion ("An Illustrated Compassion").  For the next four weeks, we will be focusing on stories of compassion in the Hebrew scriptures, beginning with this week's story of Abraham showing hopsitality to three travelers (Genesis 18:1-8, Hebrews 13:1-3).

In light of yesterday's anniversary of the Charleston church massacre and Friday's aquittal of Philando Castile's killer, Pastoral Intern Allison challenges us to stretch beyond typical understandings of compassion, which tend to keep power in the hands of the powerful.  She encourages us to consider that the greatest gifts of hospitality may not be food and water, but agency and unwavering confidence in the other's deservingness. 

Today, we remember those whose lives have been stolen, especially The Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Depayne Middleton Doctor, The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, The Rev. Daniel Simmons, Myra Thompson, and Philando Castile.  #saytheirnames #blacklivesmatter


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