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21: Jesus: An Interpretation
This week, we continue our Lenten unit: Into the Wilderness, where we will wander the wilderness with Jesus on the way to Easter. The theme each week will also correspond to the theme of a chapter in the book: Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. This week: Chapter 1 – Jesus: An Interpretation. In this chapter, Thurman offers a driving question for faith: “The masses of men [sic] live with their backs constantly against the wall. They are the poor, the disinherited, the dispossessed. What does our religion say to them? …The search for an answer to this question is perhaps the most important religious quest of modern life.”
This story we discuss this week is sometimes called the “Sermon on the Mount”. It is an account of Jesus’ most famous sermon, and his outlook on society and who Torah calls us to love.
20: Into the Wilderness
This week, we begin a new unit: Into the Wilderness.
We have left the story of the Israelites. They are free from Egypt and from Pharaoh. They are no longer slaves. They crossed the sea but now will spend 40 years wandering the wilderness searching for a new home.
This week is the first Sunday in Lent. Where we will wander the wilderness with Jesus on the way to Easter.
We begin with a story that comes right after Jesus was baptized by John, and right before he begins his ministry. It is about Jesus in the wilderness…
19: Long Walk to Freedom
This week, we finish our unit following the Israelite story of Liberation out of Egypt.
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.