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18: Let My People Go
This week, we continue our unit following the Israelite story of Liberation out of Egypt. In this episode, we talk about when Moses went into Egypt and told Pharaoh to Let God’s People Go, or “Let my people go”.
17: Fire of Freedom
Last week we picked up with the Great Family of Genesis and heard about how they have been oppressed and enslaved by the Egyptians who forced them to do hard and cruel work because they were different. We also heard about how Moses was saved by several women in his life, this week we will pick back up with Moses once he has grown up, and hear about his sacred call to action.
16: Women of Liberation
This week, we begin a new unit. We will pick up with the Great Family in the second book of Torah: Exodus.
The story of the Israelite liberation from slavery begins with the actions of women. Shiphrah and Puah saved lives by ignoring an unjust order; and Moses was able to grow up and lead his people because of the saving acts of his mother and sister.
We are finishing our Incarnation unit, where we are discussing what it means for God to have been born and live and be among us. Today we discuss Matthew 25 and seeing Jesus in everyone we meet.
We are continuing our Incarnation unit, where we are discussing what it means for God to have been born and live and be among us. Today we will talk about injustice, and what God’s presence pushes us to do.
In 1968 sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee went on strike to fight for higher pay and safer working conditions. The strike lasted two months. Seeing injustice in Memphis, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. answered a call to help.
The night before he was killed, Dr. King invoked the story we read in a sermon as he argued the Biblical need for supporting the working poor, and the black community, in Memphis.
We are starting a new unit about “Incarnation.” For the next three weeks we will be talking about what it means for God to have been born and live and be among us. Today we will talk about how God, through Jesus, was immersed in humanity, and Baptized as a beloved child of God.
12: Advent 2 – Peace (Violence)
Jesus was born into a world a violence, and sometimes that violence was state-sanctioned or worse religiously-sanctioned. There are plenty of examples in Scripture of Jesus getting upset or angry, or even flipping over tables. But he responds to the violence of the world with a kind of peace. Not inaction, but a peaceful active resistance.
In his memoir Just Mercy, lawyer Bryan Stevenson describes the way in works to free the wrongfully imprisoned, those accused of crimes. He works to create a little more peace, and a little more forgiveness, in a violent world.
11: Advent 1 – Hope (Oppression)
Isaiah is a book of Exile, of Oppression, but also of Hope. Assyria was the dominant power of Isaiah’ day, and the prophet speaks to a subjugated and oppressed people, but also offers hope in God, and God’s coming rule.
In his memoir Just Mercy, lawyer Bryan Stevenson describes the way in works to free the wrongfully imprisoned, fighting for the oppressed. This is from the book description: “The harsh realities that Stevenson confronts might elicit feelings of sadness and anger, but readers will also feel hopeful, knowing change is happening.”
Bonus Episode: Thanksgiving
What are you thankful for? What is something about your family that you are thankful for? What is something about your church that you are thankful for? What do you think God is thankful for?
10: The Kin-dom of God
This is our last episode of our “Kin-dom” unit. Last week we finished the story of the Great Family of Genesis with Joseph and the family’s migration to Egypt. Next week we will begin our Advent unit, as we await the birth of Christ. This week we are connect Jesus to the Great Family and talk about the Kin-dom of God.