In a time of hyper-partisan politics, opportunities for division are everywhere. So it came as no surprise when, over the MLK weekend, a controversy erupted regrading a confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial among young men from a Catholic high school, a group of African American men calling themselves the Hebrew Israelites, and a Native American veteran. There have been many dissections of the facts, as they come to light, and many analyses by commentators determined to outdo each other.
At our annual meeting on January 27th we will consider two matters that have grown out of our shared commitment to be open to new ways of living our faith. One is how we are organized to do the work of the church. The other is how we use the investment assets of the church to live into the vision we have discerned as God’s vision or call for this community.
The conditions that awaited the first Christmas were not encouraging. When Jesus was born, there was tension in the land. Different groups, easy to tell from one another, were afraid of each other. The rich and the poor were afraid of each other. The Gentiles and the Jews were afraid of each other. Meanwhile the Romans built their empire by taking advantage of everyone they kept afraid. Something had to give.