As we move further into this pandemic and its physical and economic toll, one thing has become glaringly obvious–the massive gap between the wealthy and the poor in this country. The gap has been steadily widening for years, but those in positions of power and privilege have been able to ignore it. We can no longer do so.
People who were not poor are falling into poverty and those who were already poor when this started are getting sicker and dying at higher rates than others as well as increasingly going hungry, losing their home, or not being able to afford life sustaining medications. As Christians, we cannot accept this. It is incompatible with, an affront to, the compassionate, loving, healing, boundary crossing, Empire challenging One whom we follow.
And yet, particularly now, it is hard to know what to do. While it has always been true that no one of us can “fix” this, it is equally true that we are called to do what we can where we are in whatever ways are available to us. So, I invite you to consider becoming involved in the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Following in the footsteps of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s. fight against poverty, the Rev. Dr. William Barber Jr and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis are spearheading this campaign which seeks to draw attention to the massive inequities in the USA and work to address them.
If you have any questions please let Sarah or me know. I hope to “see” you at the virtual march on June 20.
At this time, masks are not required at worship services. However, we welcome and encourage mask wearing.
We have a special section of the church designated for those who want to remain masked and surrounded by those who are masked. Please ask an usher when you arrive if you’d like to sit in the “mask required” section of church.
All members of the St. Peter’s choir, clergy, and church staff are fully vaccinated.
The church is cleaned regularly, windows are open (weather permitting), and hand sanitizer is provided.