Ruth Discuss: The Bible is full refugees and immigrants. Ruth and Naomi (twice) left their home and sought survival in a foreign land.
Especially in these testing times, we need to be vigilant when reading the words that come before us, being upfront about people's biases and assumptions, and evaluating how and why we interact with people's words the way we do. To avoid this is to shortchange the respect due to the author and others, and risks corrupting the lenses with which we view the world.
Thoughts from the November Worship Gathering:
...If we have really understood the vision of Heaven coming to Earth that Jesus preached regularly - if we can really see Jesus’ imagination for the possibility of a new type of human world, then we must EITHER agree with Jesus that ALL are alive and deserve to be treated with dignity and love and empathy - OR - we must admit we disagree with Jesus.