Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 8, 2006
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devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
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"God has told you, O mortal, what is good; an 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
"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 conference attendees."
"Fine," came the instant response. "Will you do
"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
Higher Power, bless us with spiritual empowerment.
Grace and peace,
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