Inauguration: Remembering Our Call
Message from Senior Pastor Kent French
Our country is inaugurating a man to be president who has verbally trampled on the dignity of women, disabled people, immigrants, Muslims, minorities, our allies, trading partners, distinguished artists and civil rights heroes. His cabinet and administrative appointments include an array of people who have politically trampled on these same people.
Regardless of how we may have voted this past November, as followers of Christ, you and I are called to stand up and speak for the poor, the downtrodden, the downcast, the forgotten, the immigrant, the refugee. This is our calling from Jesus, in the legacy of the prophets. On Sunday, I spoke about ways we may be a school for prophets, each of us speaking up for God in our own spheres of influence.
This weekend, we will put up a banner on our lawn from our United Church of Christ (UCC) denomination that reiterates our calling:
Be the Church. Protect the environment. Care for the poor. Forgive often.
Reject racism. Fight for the powerless. Share earthly and spiritual resources.
Embrace diversity. Love God. Enjoy this life.
It will serve as a reminder, as a call to action. And you and I will be called to enact it, with our lives, our voices, our hands and feet. You can start by joining us on the Boston Women's March Saturday morning, where we will be carrying our sign.
We need to be the church now more than ever.