Tuesday I got to spend more time with Pastor Benny Custodio, as we continue to talk about how my work might help Immanuel UMC in our neighborhood. I am excited for more to hear his story and passion at Locked in Solidarity in February. Tuesday night, I was at the NY Rescue Mission for their chapel training, WOW. They have organized their speakers and chapel around their priorities of providing, quality, Jesus-centered, trauma informed spiritual care. I came away more grateful for their work and wanting all pastors, ministry leaders and chaplains to go through their excellent material. You can contact Yvette if you want to know more. You’ll be glad you did. I had spent a couple of years going once a month to speak at their chapel and look forward to getting back into the rotation and being with the dear folks they love and serve so well.
Those at the bottom rung of any society often function as canaries in a mineshaft [coal mine canaries warning of gases in the mines] - barometers measuring whether the system [or society, community] is safe
This description of shalom is also so helpful in recognizing that not everyone will be on the same page about the goal and mission of the work. Relationship building, listen and learning play vital roles in helping individuals and organizations understand and then move towards this mission of shalom and making things right.
As I enter a busy spring, I’m inviting new donors to consider supporting the work I do here in Brooklyn of helping communities work better together to address criminal, economic and racial injustice
With that, I’m asking 16 new people to consider monthly giving
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As we think about the many injustices going on in our world, our communities and even our school, we come at the issues from very different angles and are affected by them in very different ways. With this in view, we need to learn how we can move closer together and be more on the same page as we address these injustices around us. From my work and study over the last few years, these are some of things I think that can help us be better together
He offers peace, because He offers Himself and through Him we have access to and relationship with not just a king, but the Creator of the Universe, we are children not just of the one who rules the nation, but the One who made the rocks. We are known, accepted, forgiven, welcomed, loved not because of what we do or don’t do, because of what we do or don’t have, because of how strong or talented or successful we are, we are loved because He made us and we trust in Jesus, what He did, what He gave.
When my family first moved to Park Slope as a family of three, we moved to help lead a church in transition. Very aware of the blessing and beauty that this neighborhood had to offer, I was sadly ignorant of the history, strife, and divisions that lay just under the surface. I had also mistakenly thought that our church and my leadership was going to bring Jesus to this community, not realizing that He was already very much alive and well and working in ways and in places I wasn’t ready or able to see.
I think about all the white Christians on the bus with Rosa Parks, watching her having to stand up and speak up for herself and others again and again and how tiring that must have been. I think about all the times and the years that I was ignorant and blind to the plight of the minorities and particularly the Native Americans around me.