A local service club announced that it had invited the mayor of a rural town to speak
about their controversial ordinance to penalize city businesses that hire illegal immigrants
as well as landlords who rent to them. Last summer, a federal judge ruled the ordinance
was unconstitutional; the mayor plans to appeal the decision.
When word of the controversial meeting was announced, third-year seminary student,
Jennifer Williams, decided to protest the meeting. She had spent part of the previous
summer on an educational trip to Mexico. The focus of her trip was to study issues
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.