At St. Dunstan’s Church we have a vision: On earth as in heaven, all are welcome, all are fed, and all are loved. Most days that vision seems impossible. Last week we fed 518 people in our Tuesday feeding ministry. 518 people needed the blessing of a free meal. How wonderful that we can feed so many, but how sad that so many are hungry.
Saturday, in Charlottesville, Virginia, we saw the face of racism and evil. The Unite the Right event in Charlottesville never even got started before it devolved into confrontation and violence, ultimately leading to the death of one person and 19 others injured, some seriously. There is no room for ethnic supremacist ideologies if we are to follow Christ.
It seems impossible that we might ever experience justice in this world. Far too often we feel cut off from or isolated from an experience of the sacred. Relationships fail so often, between people, between religions, and between nations. The world can seem cold and grey. And still, we trust in our vision:
On earth as in heaven, all are welcome, all are fed, and all are loved.
In the face of racism, hatred, hunger and homelessness,
we persist, inspired by our faith.
Yours in Christ,