THIS WEEK'S REFLECTION
We are officially an Advocating Congregation with Faith Action Network! This means we committed to advocating for the common good, partnering with other communities of faith to build a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. We will celebrate this partnership on Sept 10, welcoming FAN Organizer Chasity Jones to lead the reflection on hard questions for God and will join us for a special celebratory potluck after the service. Please bring a dish to share, questions about FAN, and your calendar to sign up for upcoming actions!
Chasity Jones is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist Church. She is from Mandeville, Louisiana and is entering my second year as a community organizer with Faith Action Network.
She writes: I have bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in history and worked in the mental health/social work field as a wraparound facilitator following my college graduation in 2014. My time in Seattle has been priceless in that I have discovered so much about myself as well as life outside of my home. I have been blessed to participate in an anti-oppression/ anti- racism workshop with Crossroads Ministries, Advocacy Camp with the Children’s Alliance, co-facilitated a workshop titled ‘Issues Preventing Unity Within the Black Community’ at the MLK Day Celebration 2017, and organized and co-convenes Faith Action Network’s Healthcare working group. I am a certified yoga instructor, a Krista Colleague- class of 2017, leading FAN’s racial equity initiative, and co-founded Momentum – progressive young adults of diverse faiths seeking change.
I am passionate about standing with the black community as well as educating others about the black experience as well as collaborate on how to continue discussion, initiatives, and strategies to achieve social transformation and undo institutionalized and systematic racism.
For this Sunday, she will be reflecting on Genesis 1:27-28 and invites us to consider:
So God created humankind in God’s own image,
in the divine image God created them;
male and female, God made them.
God blessed them, and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’
“Can the Church of Jesus Christ be politically, socially, and economically identified with structure of oppression and also be a servant of Christ?”
“When does the Church cease to be the Church of Christ?”
"What does the gospel have to do with the oppressed of the land and their struggle/journey for liberation?"
"Does life experience, cultural, and historical context influence how we see God?"
"Can theology be informed or influenced by whiteness?"