After the official vote of the Electoral College yesterday, I’m reminded of an old-fashioned word that seems to sum up how I’m feeling today. Grim.
According to the book, A Smile From Andy by Nan Holcomb, GRIM is the way you feel when you are not sad enough to cry, happy enough to smile, angry enough to scream. It just feels like it sounds-grrrimmm!
I’m feeling grrrimmm because the future of our country, maybe even our planet seems to hang by a thread. I’m feeling grrrimmm because I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do about it. How are you feeling? My faith in a God of hope and promise and liberation and hospitality won’t allow me to wallow in my grrrimmm-ness. I have to DO something. If you’re feeling like me, here is an opportunity. ISAIAH, a faith-based non-profit working on racial and economic justice, has been building relationships with Minnesota churches toward holding a Public Meeting,

“For Such a Time As This”: Building Our Public Resistance
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 1-4 pm
Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis

In a recent email from our area organizer, “the meeting is fundamentally about the public formation and public action of 1500 clergy and leaders: for the moment we are in and how we need to lead through this struggle together. Leaders will be trained around the signs of the times and how we can lead a path forward together across race, class, region and denomination. … on the 28th, we hope to stage a prophetic intervention with Our Governor, members of Congressional Delegation including Representative Ellison, and Senators Franken and Klobuchar, where we will urge them to resist the threats we are facing and to prophetically lead a path forward for our families and communities.” There are several key issues statewide and nationally including dismantling healthcare and social safety nets, the fight against “preemption” [an ALEC legislation that would prohibit cities and counties from passing policies improving wages and benefits for workers at the city and county level], and state sponsored racial oppression to immigrants and people of color. Watch for more information!!
In this season of scandalous hope, let’s let our grrrimmm-ness motivate us to action!
Shalom, Pr. Barb

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