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Lightness has a call that’s hard to hear

While studying at Fuller Theological Seminary, I often attended All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California.  I learned much from this congregation, and I still listen to sermons preached in worship at All Saints.  I am especially grateful for last week’s sermon from Rev. Susan Russell, “Lightness has a call that’s hard to hear.”  You can hear the entire sermon here, and I’ve transcribed a very small part of it below.

I take issue with the good news of God’s love and justice and compassion being high-jacked by the insatiable hunger of darkness called fear and anxiety and exceptionalism.  I take issue with those who are so convinced that they have sole possession of the capital T Truth that they miss the capital F Fact that we are all part of the same human family.  My brothers and sisters, Jesus calls us to be better than that.  He calls us not to create a club that takes care of its own, but a community that reaches out to the world …

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