From the President 2-12-2017

April 10, 2017

Peter Marty, Publisher of The Christian Century, offers some of what he calls “Christian convictions,” “to share with friends appalled by, or thrilled with, Trump’s victory.” I thought that these would serve us well in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the diverse and sometimes splintered group that we can be. These can also serve a Trump presidency well:

  • Practice the beatitudes of Jesus and you’ll never be tempted to bully.
  • Speak truth to power.
  • Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.
  • Weak and vulnerable people need our embrace, not our mockery.
  • Let’s welcome the stranger, build bridges of hospitality, and cherish grace.
  • Remember that once you speak a word, it’s impossible to unspeak it.
  • Resist fear.
  • Insist on extending hope to others.
  • Never view yourself as above forgiveness.

I am reminded that Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent are not far from us. There is plenty of forgiveness to go around, even for ourselves.

Christian-ly and convictional-ly yours,