From Limit to Grace April 23, 2013Posted by Sharon Ely Pearson in Events, Faith & Culture, Jesus, Thoughts & Ramblings, Tolerance, Uncategorized.
Tags: Boston Marathon, Love, Sandy Hook, tolerance
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Anyone who has participated in any of Eric Law’s workshops or trainings or read some of his books, know that he is a gifted writer, musician and poet. His work on diversity and inclusion is well known throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond.
Eric weekly blogs on The Sustainist, offering reflections of the events occurring in our world as well as questions for pondering the Sunday lectionary readings. This week he shares a reflection on how we react when things happen in our society and what it means to live fully alive in a culture of fear.
From Limit to Grace
I carry a backpack containing my computer and the things I need for my meetings, workshops, travels and conferences all the time. I switched to a backpack a couple of years ago after carrying a heavy shoulder bag on one shoulder making my posture unbalanced for years. So, when in the midst of the frantic media reactions to the bombing at the Boston Marathon, someone suggested that we should ban all backpacks from public events, I was a little upset. I was upset because this reaction to this tragedy was to set more limits, which is one of the typical responses to fear. Here is the logic: since the last tragedy involved two people who carried backpacks with explosives, we should limit the use of backpacks to increase safety. Using the same logic, why don’t we also ban baseball caps and immigrants from public events?
He suggests that we should be sustainists rather than setting even more limits that narrow our thinking. How are we living out Jesus’ command to “love one another”?
Read more of From Limit to Grace, including a link to listen to a song he wrote following the shootings in Sandy Hook in December entitled, “Sustain the Weary.”
Responding to Boston April 16, 2013Posted by Sharon Ely Pearson in Children's Ministries, Faith & Culture, Parenting, Resources.
Tags: children's ministries, parenting, violence
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Again, churches, schools and families are looking for resources to respond to another senseless act of violence. I have shared many on this site as well as Building Faith before.
The National Association of Episcopal Schools has just released this composite of resources again that is worth bookmarking: Responding to the Boston Bombing: Resources for Schools.
Links to a few of my previous postings:
An Open Letter to the Church from My Generation April 10, 2013Posted by Sharon Ely Pearson in Discernment, Faith & Culture.
Tags: human-rights, marriage equality, young adults
I’m writing this because I’m worried about the safety of the Church. The Church keeps scratching its head, wondering why 70% of 23-30 year-olds who were brought up in church leave. I’m going to offer a pretty candid answer, and it’s going to make some people upset, but I care about the Church too much to be quiet. We’re scared of change. We always have been. When scientists proposed that the Earth could be moving through space, church bishops condemned the teaching, citing Psalm 104:5 to say that God “set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.” But the scientific theory continued, and the Church still exists. I’m saying this: we cannot keep pitting the church against humanity, or progress. DON’T hear me saying that we can’t fight culture on anything. Lots of things in culture are absolutely contradictory to love and equality, and we should be battling those things. The way culture treats women, or pornography? Get AT that, church. I’ll be right there with you. But my generation, the generation that can smell bullshit, especially holy bullshit, from a mile away, will not stick around to see the church fight gay marriage against our better judgment. It’s my generation who is overwhelmingly supporting marriage equality, and Church, as a young person and as a theologian, it is not in your best interest to give them that ultimatum.
Read the whole post, which includes a video that gets to the heart of what this young adult is calling the church to pay attention to.
“Giving Up” or “Taking On” for Lent? February 11, 2013Posted by Sharon Ely Pearson in Faith & Culture, Seasonal Ideas, Spirituality, Uncategorized.
Tags: Ash Wednesday, Episcopal Church (United States), Lent
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Anglicans Online offers this great reflection for their weekly post as the season of Mardi Gras ends and the distribution of ashes occur in churches (plus sidewalks and train platforms) around the world.
Anglicans Online: Lent? No, thank you.
Abundance & Transformation January 20, 2013Posted by Sharon Ely Pearson in Discipleship, Faith & Culture, Jesus.
Tags: abundance, Babette's Feast, Epiphany, movies, transformation, Wedding at Cana
A sermon preached at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Wilton, Connecticut on Epiphany 2, January 20, 2013.
We have finally, fully entered the season of Epiphany. With the change of color to green, we have an outward symbol of the ongoing life of the church. While the ground may be frozen outside, it is a green, growing season signifying growth in discipleship and new life as we come to know Jesus through signs and symbols. We’ve heard how the magi and then John the Baptist proclaimed Jesus’ presence in the world. Epiphany is a time of transformation as we walk along with the disciples traveling with Jesus throughout the Judean countryside.
Later in the Gospel of John it says that Jesus did “many miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples” (John 20:31). Miracles are about transformation, and today we heard the story of the very first one – at Cana in Galilee, about nine miles northwest of his home in Nazareth (John 2:1–11).
Through Jesus’ action, ordinary water was transformed so the abundance of a wedding could continue to be celebrated. Water turned to wine – the best wine.
Transformation occurs all around us all the time. We often talk about change – for good or for bad – but do we ever focus on the actual transformations that happens in our every day lives? (more…)
You Choose Your Child’s Religion | Plainsong Farm January 4, 2013Posted by Sharon Ely Pearson in Children's Ministries, Faith & Culture, Parenting.
Tags: children, faith, parenting, religion
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I constantly run into people who say they won’t impose their religious thoughts, beliefs or traditions on their children, wanting them to make their own choice. Well, how can you make a choice if you don’t know your options?
Nurya Love Parish makes some great observations in response to a recent article / blog post from the New York Times. Read it and pass it along to all the parents of young children you know.
Mind the Gap December 22, 2012Posted by Sharon Ely Pearson in Faith & Culture, Thoughts & Ramblings, Tolerance.
Tags: communication, generations, intergenerational
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This Christmas (and whenever you’re with other people) . . . take out your earbuds and leave your hearing aids in.