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Purple Flowers, guest collection #75

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Photo by Martha Brown
25 August 2017
Potero Hill, California

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Purple flowers, guest collection #74

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photo by Sera Chung
16 August 2017
Princeton, New Jersey

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Purple flowers, guest collection #73

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Photo by Sera Chung
14 August 2017
St. Petersburg, Florida

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25 August 2017
part of a banner by Sooeun Kim,
sister of my friend Jieun Kim
Louisville, Kentucky

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Purple flowers, guest collection #72

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Photo by Florence Vargas
17 August 2017
Ruelia Gigante
San Sebastian, Puerto Rico

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Purple flowers, guest collection #71

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Photo by Sera Chung
15 July 2017
Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton, New Jersey

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An act of commitment

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Staff and friends of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) gathered this morning at the Presbyterian Center for a chapel service in response to racism and white supremacy in Charlottesville and other places. (An archived live stream of the service is available.)

My colleague and friend, José Luis Casal, director of World Mission, helped celebrate communion.

During the Words of Institution, José Luis observed that, “The bodies of all who have been victims of injustice, the victims of rejection, the victims of violence…are the body of Jesus Christ.”

He reminded us that to come to the table and to partake of the bread and the cup is to commit ourselves personally to stand on the side of love with Jesus and to work against racism, white supremacy, every form of systemic oppression, violence and all that harms any of God’s precious children.

Silently, I shouted “Amen” as loudly as I could.

And I wondered—when the Presbyterian Center or any church or worshipping community gathers to celebrate communion, isn’t that organization making a similar statement? The act of gathering at Christ’s table is, for the community as well, a radical act of commitment to Jesus and to justice, to love and to grace.

May it be so. Amen.

See you along the Trail.

Thanks to my friend and colleague Marissa Galván who posted some of José Luis’s word and inspired me to write this post. The image appeared on the cover of the worship bulletin this morning. View the bulletin for the service

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