In response to the further pain and grief as a result of the Grand Jury’s decision this past week in NY, here are my sermons from this Sunday. You can find the lectionary readings HERE.
How do we know when there is systemic abuse? When those that would “make attempts at accountability are accused of being aggressive or arrogant” by those who are in positions of authority. Systemic abuse is not just a black and white issue, nor is it isolated in singular institutions. What we are experiencing now is a symptom of a far bigger problem. We find it in national government, local governments, and even within our own Church and dioceses. It is a sad fact that, even in our own Church, for those that would speak out against abuse, they are further abused.
So we are left to wonder, for any example of systemic abuse, how can we as a baptized people respond? How can we offer words of “comfort” like Isaiah without being hypocritical? What would it be like to be that voice in the wilderness? Or, more importantly, what would it be like to respond to that voice in the wilderness that is calling of us to be accountable? What follows are some of my thoughts on this matter.
10:45 Service (in which I also explain the difference between the evangelical view of baptism and a sacramental one, that of “regeneration”)