Good News, 08.28.2013


The Racist Question we must Face:  “Are we willing to cast ourselves as a society that creates criminal conditions for some of its members, and then acts out rituals of punishment against them – as if engaged in some awful form of human sacrifice?” Economist Glenn Loury

This will be the last Good News delivered from our old website since our New Website will launch on September 3!

Martha Mantei sends word that this Labor Day weekend Sept. 1 Hospitality will be ‘potluck’.  Those of us staying here can bring whatever we have to share–fruit, crackers, veggies etc.

Our Nicaraguan Partnership Delegation will share their Report Back with us on Sunday, September 8 in worship and for our Forum.

Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington when Dr. King gave his “I have a Dream” Speech.  To learn more about the status of current race relations in our nation, you may wish to read the following:  The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander; and March: Book 1 by Congressman John Lewis – the only speaker at the March on Washington in 1963 who is still alive.  Resource:  All of Us or None is a national organizing initiative of prisoners and former prisoners who work to combat discrimination and prejudice experienced when attempting to reenter society after incarceration.  Learn more at:

Did you know that we have hundreds of Spirituals (all of them anonymous) and not one of them speaks of revenge or retribution.  Imagine the spiritual depth and thread that pervades this music, composed by those experiencing innocent suffering.

Keep in your prayers:  Ralph Reed, Phil Stanley, Joan (Tim Spengler’s mom and Holly’s Aunt) Annie, Marlene, children with diabetes, Ari, Ed, members of Peace with dementia or Parkinson’s, the incarcerated both innocent and guilty, the parents and children of Syria and Egypt.

First Friday FilmsEat Drink Man Woman (directed by Ang Lee) on September 6 at 6:30 pm.  This Taiwanese film highlights the tensions between generations, East and West, and tradition versus modernity.  A Master Chef has 3 daughters whose search for new values/ways to live press their father beyond his limits.  This movie is “food for the heart”.  Join us for relaxation, popcorn and discussion.

St. Francis Pet Blessing Festival on Oct. 6.  Invite your friends to attend with their pets!  Let Charlene McPherson know if you can donate  a gift basket or service for the Silent Auction.  We had 25 donations last year and they were very popular.

Unique Opportunity:  Want to learn how the great Hindu Texts (Ramayana/Bhagavad Gita) encourage our becoming ‘More Human’?  New friends of Peace Mohan and Sitarama (who has his Ph.d in Sanskrit Studies) will be presenting insights for dialogue at Peace on Sunday, September 15 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.  There will be music, participation in sacred words, food, wisdom, laughter and a chance to learn about the origin of yoga.  This is an opportunity to learn more about people and the teachings of other faiths – especially ‘Shanti’.  “There will be no peace on earth until there is peace among the religions,” said Hans Kung.  When asked about teachings beyond the Christian Religion, St. Augustine said 15 Centuries ago:  “If it is true then it is of God.”  Invite friends to join you.

This Sunday:  Come and meet Brock Klobe, our Seminarian Intern who will be us for the next year. Half of his time will be spent working at the Federal Prison in Dublin and the other half with Peace.  Internship is the opportunity to engage in the work of ministry full time for one year without any academic responsibilities.

“None of us are free if one of us is chained – None of us are free!”


Blessings,  Pr. Steve