Good News, 04.17.09

Friends:

In a society which idolizes self-sufficiency, has a horror of dependence, and despises those whose misfortunes remind us of our own deep neediness, to petition God for daily bread and acknowledge the limits of our own resources, is an act of defiance against the social and spiritual status quo.  Those who intercede for the needs of others or pray for deliverance from evil, admit that collectively the human race, supposedly so successful and mature, is unable to liberate itself, heal its own diseases, comfort it own fears, solve its own problems or control its own destiny.  Easter unleashes the creative and resurrecting love which liberates people and glorify God as all in all.” (Between Cross and Resurrection, A. Lewis)

Holy Week was a true blessing. There was a wonderful turn out for our Seder.  Gunilla and Christine really came through with Coordinating the evening.  Thanks to all who contributed.  The Good Friday Faith Walk and Easter Vigil with the Catechumens were powerful experiences.  Thanks to Sue Field, the choir, Dave Rocha, Prs. Anita and Margareta for contributing to the richness of Easter Day!

This Sunday we will celebrate Earth Day.  Jack Howell will present Solar Oven designs during and after worship.  He is trying to design ovens which can be affordable in Third World countries.  Partnership Committee members will be fascinated by his work.  If you would like to join the Greening Ministry at Peace please speak with Ro Lo Bianco or myself.  Here are some suggestions from Ro for additional ways to celebrate Earth Day:

  • Pull weeds in the Native California Garden at Peace.
  • Talk to Pam Lane about Trail Building and Restoration.
  • Diablo Foothills Park Cleanup Project/Saturday, April 25 Diablo Foothills Regional Park, WC.
  • Riparian Re-Leaf Resource Enhancement|Diablo Foothills (Walnut Creek) 9:30 a.m.-noon, April 25, 2009 (All ages) Registration is required: call 510-544-2340 or email Dave Riensche at driensche@ebparks.org.  And…

In response to a growing national trend to encourage and honor shopping and eating locally, the theme of this year’s Lamorinda Earth Day Festival is to ask residents in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda to cultivate earth-friendly habits close to home. Lamorinda Earth Day Festival 2009 will promote “celebrating local solutions” using five “sustainability principles:” — eating locally, shopping locally, using local energy, moving locally and acting locally. The festival takes place April 19 at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature more than 40 visual displays, food from local restaurants and more than 50 local non-profit organizations and vendors. There will be live music from three musicians, oral presentations about the environment from expertise speakers and a free recycling drop-off with GreenLight Recycling in the Stanley parking lot.

Be sure to check out former Peace Seminarian, now Rev. Sue Schneider’s article on Art as Resurrection.

Rev. Roland Stringfellow from the Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies will be our Guest Preacher on April 26.  He will preach about what Welcoming Congregations can do in pastoral care and response when the Supreme Court ruling on the Marriage Equality Act is issued.  Peace will host a Regional Meeting for Concerned (RIC) Congregations on April 28.

Rev. Brian Stein-Webber from the Interfaith Council shares this constructive thought:

As you read the news, much of which is disturbing and anguishing, remember that there are other, more peaceful, more holistic ways of looking at things.  There are realistic perspectives that are grounded and rooted in hope, life, love, repair, renewal and joy.  May new life be springing up in you!

Blessings, Pr. Steve