Sisters, brothers, and siblings in Christ,
When we are shunned, shamed, called unloveable,
Jesus sets a place for us.
When we are the ones doing the shunning and shaming,
Jesus sets a place for us, too, inviting us into a better way.
Whoever you are, whatever struggles you face,
whatever guilt weighs you down,
come. Join us. This is God’s table, and Her feast is for all.
I wrote this for a virtual service on June 21, 2020 centered around themes of oppression, patriarchy, and white supremacy; it explored how our world shapes each of us based on our various identities and what kind of reconciliation is possible between oppressors and the ones who oppress. My sermon text was Genesis 21:8-21. My sermon, “No Good Patriarchs – Solidarity with Hagar” can be read or watched here.