Lent 2017, day 7

“… before we arrive at Holy Week, we spend time in the wilderness with Jesus. We reflect on the violence that surrounds too many places in our nation and the world. We sit with the Belhar Confession, and we can contemplate Belhar’s origins from South Africa during the violent rule of apartheid. In the midst of the violence struggle for dignity and justice, the church took a stand to say that love conquers all.”
Joseph Kinnard
Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar

Where human dignity is violated,
where violence reigns,
where systems perpetuate injustice,
may we proclaim love;
difficult as it is,
may we, may I,
proclaim love.
may I, may we,
live love.

This Lenten season I am using a new resource to explore the Belhar Confession: Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar, edited by Kerri N. Allen and Donald K. McKim. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in which I serve as a teaching elder (pastor), added the Confession of Belhar to our Book of Confessions in 2016. This confession came from the Dutch Reformed Mission Church during its historic struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

See you along the Trail.

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