Sunday, January 19, 2014

Inter-Relatedness

Our "modern lesson" this morning in worship (we sometimes use something other than a secondary biblical reading) was from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1967 sermon on Christmas Eve, which said, in part:

It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality. ...Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you've depended on more than half of the world. This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality. We aren't going to have peace on earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality.

I love that.  Our guest preacher, Rev. Sandhya Jha, used it in her sermon on "Ubuntu" and anti-oppression.  She's a dynamo...really excellent.

She also led about 40 folks in a Diversity Workshop on Saturday, helping us identify our "intersectionality," those things that tend to identify us -- our race, socioeconomic status, class, age, sexual orientation, gender, etc etc.  We talked about how difficult it is to see beyond those differences into our common humanity.  And people were SO open about it, so eager to have this conversation with each other.

Stimulating.  Deeply gratifying to be part of it.

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