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Worship for Justice

June 12, 2005


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Well, I took of my cynical DC resident hat today, and threw in with the Worship for Justicers. We gathered at the Lincoln Monument to remember The Great Emancipator’s courageous stand against racism and exploitation and avoidance, and to try to raise some awareness about the ongoing holocaust in Sudan.

A few people from our church joined about 200 others to gather and worship and talk about all of this stuff. It is good for me, because I’m mostly ignorant of this whole region, and of all of the suffering there. I’m learning more here, and I’m going to keep going to these Sunday afternoon worship services. Next week is at the Capitol.

But what to do? I went to Africa Action, and used their tool to email all of my governmental peeps at once. Not too hopeful, especially when I needed to find a category for my comments with a couple of my representatives. I had to scroll through stuff like “price of gas”, “invitations”, “judicial”, “food safety”, and “post office”. But I guess our preoccupation with all of this crap is part of the reason that we’re blind to thousands of people being raped and killed.

But I gotta do something, even if it’s only a little. From our liturgy today:

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin,
and have neglected the weightier matters of the law:
justice and mercy and faith.
It is these you ought to have practiced
without neglecting the others.”

Jesus

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