Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 8, 2012
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"God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what
does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and
to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
Sometimes I am surprised when people ask my opinion.
I am even more surprised when people act on it. Such
was the case one sunny afternoon when two Christian
lesbians questioned me for about six hours about
potential workshops to be offered at an international
justice conference for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and
A number of workshops were being suggested on economic
and political justice issues, but there was a notable
lack of spirituality topics. I asked, why? Their
answer should grieve the ecumenical Church at large.
It seemed that these particular people were hesitant
to offer spirituality resources to such a "Bible
bashed" community. The committee had considered a
welcoming and affirming Bible and homosexuality
workshop at one point but then backed off. The
conference was to focus on social justice issues
instead. Social justice issues were considered
safer than spiritual issues.
Yet it seemed to me an important trilogy is found in
the Micah 6:8 verse. Justice without mercy is harsh.
Mercy untempered with justice can actually encourage
lawless and violent behavior. Working for justice
and mercy without a personal spiritual life is
difficult if not impossible. We are called to a
humble walk with a higher power.
It seemed unethical to me to train and motivate
activists of any kind, without offering spiritual
resources to empower them. Some will be jailed for
their beliefs. Others will experience the
consequences of living in a world that often rejects
and ridicules the justice seeker. Many people in the
world are eager to repress the basic human rights of
sexual minorities. Potential martyrs and change
agents need spiritual empowerment.
"So," I said thoughtfully, "this justice conference is
based on the nonviolent teachings of Gandhi, the late
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jesus Christ in the
Gospels. These three world leaders are what I would
call contemplative activists. Each leader had
spiritual practices, which sustained them as they
lived and died in their prophetic roles. A workshop
on spiritual empowerment needs to be offered to
"Fine," came the instant response. "Will you do it?"
"Yes," was my reply.
When that particular conference was finished, the
spiritual empowerment workshop had been one of the
most popularly attended events. People hungered for
spiritual resources as they worked for justice and full
inclusion into society and their various religious
Higher Power, bless us with spiritual empowerment.
Grace and peace,
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