Prayers for Orlando
Let us join those religious leaders around the world who grieve the senseless violence in Orlando, Florida this weekend, perpetrated by a man who did not see the image of God in people unlike him.
Pray for those whose lives were ended so suddenly and violently; hold their families with the embrace of hope. Let us also pray for healing to those who are fighting for their lives and recovering from injuries.
Let us pledge, in the face of this hatred and violence, to support those who build bridges of understanding between communities. We live in a world where differences have become the foundation of distrust and hate. We live in a world where it is dangerous to be different. This is not the world God imagines for us. This is not a world which is “as it is in heaven.”
In the face of this tragedy it is important that we stand with the LGBTQ community who have been targeted for violence around the world because of their sexual orientation. It is equally important that we stand with the Muslim community who have been maligned and threatened every time a disturbed and misguided person or group of persons choose violence against those live in a way contrary to their beliefs and practices.
Finally, I believe it is important that we, as persons of faith, engage our communities in serious and significant conversations in order to find ways to limit access to the kind weapons used in this weekend’s tragedy. Had this person not had easy access to the high capacity quick reload weapons this calamity may not have happened. After each mass shooting many of us say, “Someone should do something!” That someone is you and me.
After comforting and attending to the afflicted, after mourning and burying the dead, after regaining our strength and fortitude we must have the discussions to create a kinder and safer world.
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Why I Am a Baptist
While on a quest to understand our region's history I came upon a series of articles written by Walter Rauschenbusch about what it means to be a Baptist. I thought you might enjoy reading this series of articles. Recognize that these were written in 1905, long before gender inclusive language was conceived. This series appears in Rev. Dr. Rauschenbusch's own words, unedited and unabridged without commentary. - Alan Newton
THE ROCHESTER BAPTIST MONTHLY - November 1905
Why I am a Baptist BY PROFESSOR WALTER RAUSCHENBUSCH
Why am I a Baptist? Well, at the outset, because my father was one.
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