Sunday January 23: Peace and Equality (Gal. 3:26-29)

Good Morning Everyone,

I trust the week is going well for you? The family and I are doing well, though we are still trying to shake this crazy cold that everyone has, or as some of you call it the “Vancouver Crud.” Whatever it is, it’s getting old! 😉

Tonight is the first night of our Fair Trade Bible Study. It sounds like a good crowd is already planning on being there but we still have enough books if you want to join in (and they’re cheap $4). We will be at the meetinghouse at 7pm this evening. There will be childcare available!

Also, I wanted to remind you that we are looking to replenish our Laundry Love stash of quarters so if you’ve got any tucked down in your couch cushions you’re willing to share with that ministry please bring them on Sunday.

Sunday Text and Queries:

This sunday we’re reflecting on the work of peace through equality. As great as the work has been by mainly saints in our own Quaker history, the larger historical narrative of America, and even the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inequality still exists and has many faces in our society today. How should the church face these issues? How do we understand equality? And how might we respond to inequality?

The early Christian missionary and theologian Paul wrote this:

“…For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise. (Gal 3:26–29)

Supplemental reading: Luke 14:15–24; Ephesians 2; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17

Queries:

  • What do you think the connections between peace and equality are in the passages above?
  • In what ways have I experienced inequality in my own life or around me?
  • What inequalities stir us most? What disturbs us? Whom do we care about?
  • In what ways might we respond to inequality and work for peace in Southwest Washington?

Peace be unto you this week!
Wess