Sacred Work, Sacred Ground

December 15, 2019

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A
Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:4-9

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Being Seeds

November 17, 2019

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

Proper 28, Year C
Luke 21:5-19

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Gospel:

Luke 21:5-19

When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, Jesus said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”

They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, `I am he!’ and, `The time is near!’ Do not go after them.

“When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.

“But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.”

Called to Climate Compassion

September 29, 2019

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

Proper 21, Year C
Luke 16:19-31

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Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

4th  Sunday after Epiphany
Luke 4:21-30, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

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POLITE WHITE SUPREMACY

In his 2015 article entitled: “The Subtle Linguistics of Polite White Supremacy[i] Yawo Brown explains: Polite White Supremacy [referred to as #PWS] is the notion that whites should remain the ruling class while denying that they are the ruling class, politely…  [Calling it] Polite White Supremacy puts the responsibility solely on the creators of a systemic problem… [and] addresses the subtlety and casualness with which oppression is administered… It also eradicates the all-too-common confusion between racism and prejudice…. so it can be [made] clear that racism is tied to a power structure and access to resources. Whites who participate in #PWS desire to be comfortable in all settings while maintaining some influential level of control over all situations without acknowledging this power.

WHITE SUPREMACY AWARENESS MONTH

 

[i] YawoBrown, “The Subtle Linguistics of Polite White Supremacy,” Medium, August, 14 2015, https://medium.com/@YawoBrown/the-subtle-linguistics-of-polite-white-supremacy-3f83c907ffff, Accessed Feb. 2, 2019.

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