July 1, 2018 Peg Weissbrod
One evening last week Lisa Vahey told this story at the meeting of those who volunteer their time to be with Leonor, Adan and Louis Mario as they live with us in Sanctuary. She shared with us that often she takes Adan (who is four) to the Stone Oven on Lee for a cookie. So Adan and Lisa enter Stone Oven and apparently there are two tables filled with Forest Hill members and Adan goes right up and says hello, starts working the crowd as only he can. He knows people that Lisa doesn’t. And as she completed this story she became choked up and said: “Adan feels at home in this world, he feels welcomed!” Read the rest of this entry »1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 3: 16-17, anchor, biblical justification, biblical truths, borders, children, community, compassion, divine intention, Dr. Martin Luther King, due process, hope, imagination, immigration, Isaiah, justice, oppression, reconciliation, separation, shore, status quo, the alien, the marginalized, the oppressed, the outcast, the poor, welcome
November 26, 2017 Peg Weissbrod
This passage from Matthew which we read on this Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the liturgical year before we start Advent, is about Jesus – about what his kingdom of God demands, about how we are to serve Christ, and about how we are to be his people among the nations.
This passage took on a new and profound meaning for me last Monday. Read the rest of this entry »abused, challenge, compassion, compromise, displaced, equality, faithful, following God's call, forgotten, God's demand for justice and equity and compassion, gratitude, hungry, ICE, immigration, imprisoned, inclusive, Kingdom of God, marginalized, Matthew 25: 31-46, naked, persecuted, political differences, politics, poor, powerless, stranger, structual racism, the least of us
October 22, 2017 Peg Weissbrod
The last six weeks have been a revelation to me.
Six weeks ago, on Tuesday, Sept. 5 we welcomed Lenor Garcia into our church family. A stranger, an alien, and immigrant – we didn’t know her and she didn’t know us. And yet we opened our doors, and created a room and put in a shower and stood up to the powers that be and said: “You don’t separate a mother from her children.” Our faith won’t allow it. Read the rest of this entry »2 Corinthians 9, abundance, change from the inside out, definition of church, Edwin Markham “Outwitted”, following Jesus, immigration, J. Clif Christopher, our mission, power of the church, sanctuary, stewardship, the beloved community, Whose Offering Plate Is It?