Today I am delighted to gather in worship with the strong and beautiful people of UMCRC to participate in worship led by our children and youth. I have the privilege of preaching this morning, too. We will talk about what it means to speak up when we are uncomfortable; to listen when things are painful; and to act when things are unjust and unacceptable.

Church can be so much more than the media and culture might lead us to understand.

So, who speaks for God? People of faith do.

In our best moments, we are the voice of compassion. We are the hands of care. We are the people of the struggle.

And as June Jordan said: “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” This is our moment. Let us embrace our power to shift the discourse, to lift the brokenhearted, and transform our world with justice and love.

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