How do we make sense of this? How do people of faith respond? How do we remain calm and centered amidst our difference and tension, taking our roles as peacemakers and even prophets, seriously?
Educator, author, and activist Parker Palmer has a few ideas. He has written extensively on faith and democracy issues. In this course, he offers thoughtful insight into how we might approach divisive political issues with grace and grit.
Palmer believes our current political climate provides a rare opportunity to think more deeply about who we are as people and a nation. In this course, Palmer offers four video presentations:
1) We the People
2) The Art of Holding Tension
3) Our Deepest Divide
4) Taking Action
#AdvocateAdvocate. A campaign to digitally connect the people of God as we advocate for peace, justice and mercy.
Be the noun. Do the verb.
Since The Episcopal Church of the Advocate was launched in 2003, we have become keenly aware of our triptych:
2) The Advocate is also the Holy Spirit (John 14: 25-27), the prodder and comforter, promised by Jesus, who comes among us with tongues of fire and in a gentle breath, uniting us and calling us to be God’s advocates in the world.
3) The Advocate is each of us, sent forth Sunday by Sunday, to work for God’s merciful justice, to make known God’s forgiveness, peace and love.
#AdvocateAdvocate is a hashtag to be used anytime we stand, post, work, pray, protest or sacrifice in the spirit of the Advocate. Anytime we Advocate (the verb), anytime we are Advocates (the noun).
Advocate buttons are available in the Chapel bell tower. (Donations gladly accepted in the alms box.)
Eastern Orthodox theologian Kallistos Ware writes:
Each social grouping –
family, parish, diocese, church council, school, office, factory, nation —
has as its vocation to be transformed by grace into a living icon of [the Holy Trinity],
to effect a reconciling harmony between diversity and unity,
human freedom and mutual solidarity, after the pattern of the Trinity.
Our belief in a Trinitarian God, in a God of social inter-relationship and shared love, commits us to opposing all forms of exploitation, injustice and discrimination….
When as Christians we fight for justice and for human rights,
for a compassionate and caring society,
we are acting specifically in the name of the Trinity.
Faith in the Trinitarian God, in the God of personal interrelationship and shared love, commits us to struggle with all our strength against poverty, exploitation, oppression and disease.
Our combat against these things is undertaken not merely on philanthropic and humanitarian grounds but because of our belief in God the Trinity.
Precisely because we know that God is three-in-one,
we cannot remain indifferent to any suffering, by any member of the human race, in any part of the world
Thursday, May 12, at 5 PM, the Advocate will be given an energy audit.
A service provided through North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light, an energy audit will teach us whether or how the Advocate is wasting electricity and water resources in our Chapel and house, and how we might do more to save and conserve those resources. This guidance will be good for our planet, and good for our budget.
We know that we conserved natural resources by adaptive re-use of our Chapel and house. We also know that even with our best effort in 2014, the 1890s chapel and 1970s era house were never designed to the standards of 21st century environmental sustainability. And we love our open windows! But maybe we can learn about how best to regulate the temperature and how some additional insulation might make a difference.
Bruce Hunn, building energy consultant will be our auditor. All are welcome to join him as he surveys and analyses our particular situation. No doubt, we can call learn more about energy conservation and apply our learnings to our own households, as well as to the Advocate.
It is a practice of the Advocate in our Eucharistic liturgy to say the Lord’s Prayer throughout the Season of Epiphany in the language of Christians in another place. We do this in part to remind ourselves that the Body of Christ is near and far, in part to express our solidarity with Christians who are at risk because of their faith.
This year we are trying hard to say the Lord’s Prayer in Arabic, holding in mind, as we pray, our Christian sisters and brothers throughout the Middle East, and especially in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
Here is the Lord’s Prayer in Arabic, and also in a transliteration. A recording helps us to hear the words as they are read by a Lebanese-born friend, Rula Mouawad.
lords prayer in arabic
Lord’s Prayer read in Arabic: Voice00002
Aba na alathie fi asamawat,
Li yatakadas ismoka, Li ya’atie malakotoka,
Litakon mashia toka,
Kama fisama’ kathaleka ‘ahla al a’ard.
A’atinia khubzana kafafa yawmina,
Wa igfer lana khatayana,
Kama naahnu naghfer la man akhta’a elayna,
Wa la tudkhilna fit a jareeb;
Laken najjina min ashireer.
Lia’anna laka al kowata wal majd, al aan wa ila abad al aabideen. Amin.
Arabic – transliteration
For may years now, the Advocate has provided a Christmas party for the men in homeless shelter in downtown Chapel Hill. Now that the shelter has evolved into the men’s Community House on at 1315 MLK Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, (right by the UCC church off MK and Homestead Road), the Advocate’s Christmas party is moving too.
Join with folks from the Advocate and some Monday Night Folk Jammers (who practice in our Chapel each week), for songs and sweets, Thursday, December 17, 6 – 7 PM.
Questions? Contact email@example.com.
We’ll be gifting the men with some bus passes, and any gloves that folks can bring along for cold el nino nights ahead.
Join with others calling for justice in our days.
If you want information about riding with others, contact Vicar@theAdvocateChurch.org.
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Two miles. That’s how far you’d have to walk if you live in Rogers Road and need to take the bus home after the HS Route stops running in the early evening. Two miles, in the dark, at the mercy of weather, on the side of busy roads. This is what Justice United leaders heard when they teamed up with residents to talk about doing something to improve bus service to their neighborhoods.
Join Rogers Road residents and members of the Chapel Hill Transit Partners to walk the two miles from the Eubanks Road Park and Ride to the Rogers Road Community Center in symbolic recognition of the limited service on the HS Route.
At the conclusion of the march, Transit Partners will be publicly asked to make a commitment to do everything in their power to support the HS service increase proposal.
Logistics: We will carpool from the Rogers Road Community Center to the Eubanks Park and Ride. Transport will be available to help all return to their cars following the completion of the action.
Over the last five months Rogers Road residents have worked with RENA, Habitat for Humanity, the Church of the Advocate and Justice United to create a proposal to increase the service frequency and hours of the HS Route.
The proposal was developed and ratified by the Rogers Road community through two canvassing actions that reached over 100 households each, one community meeting, and outreach at the Unity in the Community celebration. 134 Rogers Road residents and 26 UNC students who volunteer at the Rogers Road Community Center have signed a petition in support of the proposal.
On April 28 leaders presented this proposal to the decision making body, Chapel Hill Transit Partners, who delegated the proposal to Chapel Hill Transit staff for analysis. The Transit Partners will reconvene in late August to review the Transit staff’s analysis and potentially make a final decision.
The Advocate is glad for our connections through the years with the young adults of the Johnson Service Corps. Part of the Episcopal Service Corps network, Johnson Service Corps members live together in an intentional community, learning community and leadership skills while working in a non-profit placement in Durham/Chapel Hill.
The Advocate is excited to host the commissioning and pounding party for the 2015-2016 Johnson Service Corps members, Sunday, August 30.
The Commission will take place in the context of our 5 PM liturgy, and the Pounding Party will follow at 6:30 PM.
A Pounding Party is a southern tradition; bring a pound of something to help the corps members set up their new home!
The dinner will be a potluck, so please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
Learn more about the Johnson Service Corps in a brief video featuring some familiar people and scenes from the Advocate HERE!
All are welcome and encouraged to come celebrate the new corps members: Allie, Ashley, Helen, Jordan, Jahkazia, Jessi and Loui.