Becoming the Beloved Community: BLIND, part 2

Becoming the Beloved Community: BLIND, part 2

When Ann Nichols was a reader for a blind high school student in the 1960’s, she found many people imagined limitations and pitied her.  They assumed Naomi wouldn’t be able to swim, or take the geometry class, or learn how to find her classrooms without a guide. All...

Hospitality/Casa Alitas Update

First Christian is responding to the need of those seeking asylum in our region. Between last Wednesday and Sunday, we were called upon to received seven families on an emergency basis when Casa Alitas was short on rooms. We thank those who offered their time and...

Becoming the Beloved Community: BLIND

As part of our journey toward becoming the Beloved Community, for the past several weeks we have been exploring “ableism.” We began with a statement: Ableism: Ableism is the discrimination of and social prejudice against people with disabilities based on the belief...

A moment of pause

This Holy Week, I find myself in need of a pause—in need of an intentional halt of all the things that make the days non-stop and seem perpetually in motion. I remember how in the first months, maybe even year, of the pandemic doing everything from home freed up so...

Good Friday prayer vigil

This week is Holy Week.  Recall that by Friday the disciples were locked in a room together, their hearts were crushed by unmet expectations, they were afraid for their lives, and they were grieving what they could not control. Still, God was present with them. Still,...

On Seeing Bucha: Poem by John Indermark

The news and images from Ukraine attest to the atrocities occurring there. Reports state that the Ukrainian government is documenting evidence that actions taken by Russian forces against Ukrainian civilians fall under the designation of war crimes. We have heard the...

Casa Alitas Update

This week First Christian was called upon to help Casa Alitas host families. We thank our volunteers and staff for their rapid response to get spaces ready, prepare meals and snacks for their trip, purchase clothes, and schedule transportation to the airport. Thank...

Becoming the Beloved [Deaf] Community

Today we learn American Sign Language for “deaf,” and, through a video (link below), how to ask someone if they are deaf. Although we often people speak of the Deaf community, many hearing people do not realize that community includes a unique culture, language, and...

“What gospel is that?”

Today, March 24, is the feast day of Saint Óscar Romero. It was on this day 42 years ago that then Archbishop Romero was assassinated by the Salvadoran military forces as he celebrated mass at a small hospital chapel. The Salvadoran Civil War began with a military...

Come Rain or Shine

Sometimes we simply need the reminder: we are not alone.  Regardless of the experience of life right now, we are not alone. The importance of remembering this truth was evident to me this past week when my family gathered with friends and the topic of conversation...