“Sin, is a refusal to keep growing. ” Gregory of Nyssa
“Please join me as together we find our voice and act individually and corporately to finally and fully end this monstrously evil policy of separating families. I encourage you to pray, preach, teach and talk about these issues – as we continue in our hope to be communities of moral deliberation, prayer and advocacy. We will continue to provide information in the coming weeks for the people of our congregations and ministries to share with others. The events of the past few days clearly demonstrate that our voices and our advocacy do matter, so let us prayerfully and boldly speak and act.” Presiding (national) ELCA Bishop Eaton
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service: There is a specific appeal being made to help support the 148 removed children LIRS is currently sheltering. If you wish to assist go their website at: www.lirs.org
Pr. Lucy and Libby and Pr. Elizabeth attended a 2 day Conference on Sanctuary recently. They shared highlights this past Sunday. They have gathered materials that provide a thoughtful and rich context for understanding the dynamics and practices of our broken immigration policies and sanctuary responses. These will be collected and made available (hopefully online) for our congregational review.
The Pure Pleasure of Summer! What a blessed and joyful and Concert we experienced last Sunday with artists Stefan and Maria Safsten. Their creative interpretations of art, poetry and literature were stunning. This concert was their Thank You – prompted by their desire to ‘give back’ to Peace for our efforts and partnership in presenting numerous choral events during the last 12 years….from New York to San Francisco. An amazing history. Their CDs are available for purchase this Sunday. It was pure pleasure!
Keep in your prayers: Sloane and Merrit mourning Mary Calhoun’s death; Parker and Hailey; June, Margaret, Spoon, Marshall, Sue, Ed, Children separated from their parents; for the courage and tenacity to get at the root causes of hatred, racism and poverty.
It’s pride week! Pride parade on Sunday 6.24 We are proud to have been supportive for 25+ years! Never forget we helped to liberate the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band SF when they performed in Danville. Here’s a part of their history – thank you, Gary!
If you missed Pastor John Rutsindintwarane’s presentation on organizing in Rwanda or if you’d like a copy of some photos and information he offered, please pick up a copy on the table in the Gathering Hall. Also, if you are interested in forming a Giving Circleto help fund the organizing work, please talk with Ken B or Pastor Lucy. What’s a giving circle? It’s a number of folks who commit a certain amount (your choice) per month to the work and agree to get updates about what’s happening. The money will be sent to the PICO office in Oakland to be forwarded to the Rwanda account.
LAST FRIDAY FILMS: A Wrinkle in Time – June 29 6:30 – The movie is different from the famous book by Madeline L’Engle its story is derived from, but still raises tween age-subjects: bullying at school, going on a quest to help someone you love, trusting your abilities, asking for help and accepting your faults. Both the book and the movie ask a big question, What is worth believing in? All you math lovers, get ready for Tesseracts! Directed by Ava DuVernay, it stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine. Run time 109 min.; rated PG – Parental Guidance Suggested – Some material may not be suitable for children. Common Sense Media recommends age 10+; kids say 9+.
On the Illusion of Superiority
- Confucius (551–479 BC), “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance”
- Socrates (470–399 BC), A Delphic oracle said he was wise despite feeling he did not fully understand anything; Wisdom – “Being aware that I knew nothing“
- William Shakespeare (1564–1616), “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool” (As You Like It, V. i.)
- Poet Alexander Pope (1688–1744) wrote in An Essay on Criticism, 1709: “A little learning is a dangerous thing”
- Charles Darwin (1809–1882), “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge”
- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), Human, All Too Human (aphorism 483), “The Enemies of Truth. — Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.”
- Poet B. Yeats (1865–1939), in the “The Second Coming“: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.”
“I don’t really care. Do you?”
“Somebody has to stand when other people are sitting. Somebody has to speak when other people are quiet.” — Bryan Stevenson
Blessings, Pr. Steve