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Litany of Penitence

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/23/2012 - 08:28

Yesterday, Ash Wednesday, church-goers recited the “Litany of Penitence.”  One petition struck me in particular, “Accept our repentance, Lord, …. For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us.”  (Italics mine)

Wouldn’t this be an example of prejudice and contempt?  We hear it read aloud on the third Sunday in Lent every third year:

Does a Charge of Bigotry Depend on Context?

Submitted by admin on Tue, 01/24/2012 - 08:26

The front page of The New York Times today carried this headline, “In Police Training, a Dark Film on U.S. Muslims.”  The article begins,

“Ominous music plays as images appear on the screen: Muslim terrorists shoot Christians in the head, car bombs explode, executed children lie covered by sheets and a doctored photograph shows an Islamic flag flying over the White House.  ‘This is the true agenda of much of Islam in America,’ a narrator intones.”

The Prince of Peace

Submitted by admin on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 08:26

Attendance soars at the Christmas Eve service at my church and probably at most churches.  What draws people?  They know the story and they long to hear it again.  It reminds them that God is a God of infinite tenderness, and God’s love embraces all people.  Deeper still, they sense a mysterious Peace, a paradoxical mixture of stillness and joy, suffusing the whole Christmas Eve liturgy.  When the last note has been sung they leave, uplifted.

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