This week many of us were vividly reminded that we are part of a larger universe. And our solar system is a cul de sac in a very big neighborhood of stars and galaxies. And we were reminded that remarkable balances and exchanges are made every day within the concourse and discourse of these very many variables that result somehow in our being sentient beings. The Eclipse confronted us with these facts about us. Totality, while not apparent to everyone who gazed into the heavens, was brief–a brief moment of darkness that allowed brother moon to steal some of the sun king’s glory but even so, blocked by the moon, the sun still wore a diamond crown.
Meanwhile back on earth… we have been dealing with the eclipse of the presidency and unfortunately, the darkness has only just begun. There is no end in sight as our congress stands by twiddling its thumbs as Rome burns. One can only hope that the glory of our democracy will withstand this assault on it by an incompetent White Nationalist president. We should not assume that it will. And not assuming this brings an urgency to the moment. Someone or some group of persons who are responsible under the constitution should courageously stand up and confront the eclipse brought about by a lunar-tic disregard for the dignity of that office.
Meanwhile back on earth… hatreds and simmering racist ideologies have boiled over. This too is an eclipse of our culture. Taking us back to the dark ages of segregation, unbridled violence, misogyny and White Supremacist delusions, those gathered in Charlottesville and elsewhere are like the proverbial barbarians at the gate. The time to stand up to this is now, not after the gates have been breached.
Every Sunday, our congregation in SW stands up for peace, love and justice. We worship together not only as a testament of our love for God but of our belief in the enduring dignity of all human beings. We let our “little light” shine. We break the darkness, not with a curse, but with light and love. Join us. Let’s be the Beloved Community. ~See you Sunday
When faced with a power outage and the storm rages around you and darkness has descended, what do you do? This question is posed as a way of cutting through the voluminous commentary and our panic about klansmen, nazis and assorted other White Supremacists marching by tiki torch in celebration of the President’s dog whistle to “make America great again.” I have written many posts critiquing campaigner Trump and now President Trump. I don’t want to revisit those posts—you can read them on this site. Instead, I want to go directly to our spiritual and moral center and consider what one or two things we can do as a way of resistance and reacquiring our balance.
So in that storm and in the darkness what do you do? You find a safe place in your residence and you either light a candle or find a flashlight to break the darkness. Now, as the hideous faces of Nazi and Klan and White Supremacy have been revealed, it is important to take simple but powerful steps to resist and overcome. Find a safe place of refuge where those critical and sacred values of human worth and dignity are safeguarded. Light a candle because even a small wick of light overcomes darkness.
There is a church in SW DC that has for decades now proclaimed justice, equality, dignity, peace and love and in this church people of diversity find a safe place wherein we embrace each other as fully human. We are brave. We speak truth to power. We are compassionate. In a simple way of saying it, we light a candle and provide a safe place in the darkness and storm of these days. This is a community of faith, hope and love. I invited you to be part of that, to be wedded by mutual love and to find strength in one another.
Darkness will not have the last word. The vile racist and anti-Jewish ideologies of the past that have appeared amongst us in recent days, will not have the final say. We have overcome before. We will overcome again. We meet in the auditorium of a middle school but do not be deceived –we are a refuge and place of empowerment. Join us and if you have been part of us, do not give up coming together.
We have a candle. We are a safe place. We shall overcome. ~See you Sunday