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A few years ago, it became popular among Evangelicals to wear bracelets that asked the question: "What Would Jesus Do?" As the Trump administration moves into power, we are also being called as Progressive Christians to ask this question- and to get clearer about our values and how we will respond- especially when those values are violated.
As Rev William Barber II has suggested, "This conversation is no longer about right or left. It is about where we find our moral center." For us, one key place is in the life and teachings of Jesus.
This is not new work at UCH. But the stakes are now higher. And It is going to be more important than ever for us to be clear and to equip ourselves for action. In coming weeks (Through Easter and beyond) we will be looking at stories from all four of the Gospels that highlight who Jesus was, what he taught, what he valued. We will also be exploring how we are called to align ourselves with that- in new ways and old. Our conversation will be informed by scripture and by occasional video clips from "Saving Jesus Redux" that features that input of diverse Progressive Christian scholars and ministers like Diana Butler Bass, Marcus Borg, Walter Brueggemann, Ron Buford, John Dominic Crossan, Amy-Jill Levine, Yvette Flunder, Emilie Townes, and John Cobb Jr.
Join us for what will be lively conversation. You (and your friends and neighbors) who are feeling fearful and anxious about what is unfolding in our nation are especially invited to join this conversation. I look forward to journeyingwith you- and growing stronger and clearer- as we move into this new era.
January 26: Wading into Troubled Waters (with a bunch of outsiders in the wilderness). Scripture Readings: Mark 1: 9-11, Matthew 3: 13-17, Luke 3: 21-23, and John 1: 29-33. Tonight we will explore the role of this strange preacher John the Baptist, and this pivotal wet kickoff to Jesus' ministry. What clues do these accounts give about who Jesus is and what is to come? Where is he positioning himself in relationship to those in power and those who are the purveyors of injustice? How are we called to position ourselves in relationship to those who are in power (Or yikes!? What if we are the ones in power). Why Baptism? Why is baptism important? If we have time, we will also view a 30 minute video clip from "Saving Jesus Redux" called "Who Was Jesus?" See you there for what will be a lively conversation.