The Field of the Heart

The Field of the Heart

“You have been told, O human one, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do the right, to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your Lord! Micah 6:8

“Love does no wrong to a neighbor, therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:10

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    Elizabeth Cady Stanton called on the church to stop using scripture to justify the oppression of women;

    Amelia Bloomer was an active abolitionist and temperance advocate who sought freedom for women to use their minds and bodies; 

    Sojourner Truth escaped slavery with the help of Quaker friends, and as a powerful orator on women’s rights she preached on street corners, noticing and advocating for the poor; 

     Harriet Rose Tubman, escaped slavery and answered God’s call to help others gain freedom.

    We see very few statues of these four powerful women being displayed, in fact we see very few statues of women.

    These four women exemplify the core of the Gospel–love of neighbor, they put their love of God in action through loving their neighbor at the risk of their own lives.

    They exemplify the living reality of the Church, a Church that lives outside the walls of its smells and bells suffering for humanity.

    These four women were not “trained”, for their missions, they answered the call. And their summons to us is to answer the call of:

    -feeding the hungry–there is now an estimate of 2 in 4 people going hungry in the Bay Area–one of the wealthiest areas of the country–feed people. Give food each time you leave your house.

    -provide housing–more people are homeless, more people are on the edge of being homeless–if you have a spare room, use it; advocate with the government to loosen  their restrictions and get people in housing.

    -Use the telephone–call one person a day. I received a phone call from a lady yesterday, first call received in months, that I did not make–it was the most rewarding and meaningful moment of my day. Snap chat, texting, fine and good, but ultimately sucks. Become involved in the lives of people.
 Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, Lutheran pastor and author offered this reflection recently:
“I do not know when we can gather together again in worship, Lord.
So, for now I just ask that:When I sing along in my kitchen to each song on Stevie Wonder’s Songs in The Key of Life Album, that it be counted as praise. (Happy 70thBirthday, SW!)And that when I read the news and my heart tightens in my chest, may it be counted as a Kyrie. And that when my eyes brighten in a smile behind my mask as I thank the cashier may it be counted as passing the peace.And that when I water my plants and wash my dishes and take a shower may it be counted as remembering my baptism.And that when the tears come and my shoulders shake and my breathing falters, may it be counted as prayer.And that when I stumble upon a Tabitha Brown video and hear her grace and love of you may it be counted as a hearing a homily.And that as I sit at that table in my apartment, and eat one more homemade meal, slowly, joyfully, with nothing else demanding my time or attention, may it be counted as communion.Amen.-Nadia Bolz-Weber”
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Father River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 94164
http://www.temenos.org

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