from Chaplain Royal
Sunday, January 14th, 2018
NEW SACRED CIRCLE GROUP FORMING:
Omaha area folks, you are invited to join us on a 12-month journey of intentional listening, sharing, and growing in a small group, that will meet once each month. You will be asked to commit to attending each month, as it is about developing listening and sharing skills with a trusted group.
We will begin on Wednesday, March 14th, (the 2nd Wednesday of each month) at 6:00pm. Each meeting will last about 2 hours. It will last 12 months. This group will be facilitated by Cheryll Wallace!
The Sacred Circle uses the book “Heart to Heart” http://a.co/gRx541z (Amazon used and new $6-$14) which is the only cost relating to the class, each person will need their own book.
There is space is limited to the first 8 people. If you are committed to this class, please RSVP back to me and I will add your name. We will meet at the Inclusive Life Center at 4501 S. 96th Street (96th and J) Omaha.
Happy Sunday to you, I hope this greeting finds you well. For many of us, the last week has been very cold, many with ice and snow, and many more with just freezing temperatures. Each week I create this opportunity for you to pause for a moment to listen, and rest.
INCLUSIVE LIFE FELLOWSHIP
We are rich people, some even have money. We are runners, walkers, swimmers, and those that wish they did. We are people who sing out loud and proud, and some even sound good. We are people who are young, and young at heart.
You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woke up, just got out of jail, or just got lost, and found your way here by mistake. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope Francis, or haven’t gathered in a community for weeks, months or years.
We welcome you if you like sports, or don’t know the difference between a touchdown or homerun, starving artists, nature lovers, coffee drinkers, vegetarians, and junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, If you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like organized religion, or who have had religion shoved down your throat.
If you blew all your cash at the casino, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because you accidently found this post while searching the internet.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a hug, or prayer right now (or both), we welcome internet surfers, seekers, doubters, and we welcome you: just as you are!
If you feel called, I invited you to light a candle, or find an object that is meaningful to you to hold, or have with you. And find a spot that you can focus on sharing just a few short minutes with these words, images and videos.
Take a look at this YouTube video, please, before you continue reading:
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” https://youtu.be/_IB0i6bJIjw
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” -Rev. Martin Lurther King Jr. I remember typing the words in my 9th grade typing class: “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” And now is the time for all good citizens of this country to stop remaining silent in the name of civil rights, in the name of driving out hatred, and in the name of driving out darkness. The time is now.
Two boys were walking home from church after hearing a strong preaching on the devil. One said to the other, “What do you think about all this Satan stuff?” The other boy replied, “Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out. It’s probably just your dad”
Heal the world, making it a better place for you and for me, and the entire human race is something that Michael sang about, perhaps part of that dream that Dr. King shared in 1963.
55 years later, the dream still eludes many, out of reach for some, and oblivious to others. Dr. King said; “I have a dream, that one day, this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
The very fabric, the very foundation of the United States of America, is founded on systemic legal slavery, oppression, and racism. It is founded on broken promise after broken promise to the indigenous people of this land.
Dr. King and many other people in history have given their lives, some literally, in the name of advancing civil rights, doing the work to correct wrongs, and to move away from tolerance, away from equality, and to a day of equity for all.
Now I know those words were a little tough to read. For some, they may be inflammatory. Good, they should be. Those words should take us ALL out of our comfort zone and help us all to wake up and be called to action.
Life in the 1950’s and 1960’s is different for many people, then living life in 2018. And sadly, for many American’s, life is not better, and in many ways, may in fact be worse than the 1950’s and 1960’s.
In the last year, media has reported the sad and horrific news of how racism affects our country. Systemic racism exists, and is embedded into our culture, our laws, our court rooms, our prisons, and our government.
I challenge us white people to really understand the civil rights movement, be aware of how your privilege differs from others, understand how you can be an ally in the civil rights movement, engage in meaningful conversations with others who you may consider the other, stand up for racial injustices and demand equity, and engage your faith community to examine how you can support the civil right movement, and stand up for racial injustice. Let us all try to heal the world with love.
The golden rule in most any world religion remains treating others as we ourselves want to be treated. My prayer, and hope is that each of us will remember Dr. King’s work and be inspired for each of us to drive out the darkness and hate that is in our world. May peace, love, and compassion be with you, and importantly from you!
MUSIC VIDEO… Take a look at this YouTube video, please, before you continue. Michael Jackson “Heal The World” https://youtu.be/BWf-eARnf6U
WORDS TO SHARE
“We have a tendency to sugar coat the Civil Rights movement by showing arm in arm and everyone singing ‘Kumbaya’. We don’t really always show the resistance from the government, the resistance from the status quo, from the majority to silence the movement.” -Nate Parker
Source of Live, Living Water, That which connects us all.. grant us ears so we can listen and hear the prophets of our day. Grant us the wisdom to understand one another through the divide and discord in our world. Grant us the strength to continue the important work of loving others. Grant us the courage to speak up and not be silent in the name of justice, and in the face of injustice. And grant us the spark of light in our hearts to allow peace, love and compassion shine from us.
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