The executive orders coming out of the White House are destroying the lives of the vulnerable, inside and outside our borders. Now it's Dreamers, like Daniel Ramirez Medina, arrested not because he has committed a crime but because he might.
Perhaps the only thing more outrageous than these egregious violations of human rights is the silence of bystanders.
We won't be silent; we will resist. We will continue to stand in solidarity with those on the margins; we will demand justice from our leaders; we will advocate for Revolutionary Love in social media, and in our spheres of influence.
We've been here, we know what to do. We will resist. Our faith calls us to non-violently create the world we want.
Come Sunday, I am so excited to preach about a Theology of Resistance with Rob (check out a sneak preview of our sermon in That'll Preach!). Joining us will be actor Aunjanue Ellis and artist Genesis Be. After worship, you'll have the opportunity to stand with our Muslim family in Times Square at "Today, I Am a Muslim Too: Day of Solidarity."
And today, you can do three things in the name of Revolutionary Love:
- Support the amazing work of immigrant youth-led organizing around the country by following United We Dream on Facebook and Twitter. Watch for upcoming petitions.
- Join our Revolutionary Love community on L2O. We are having beautiful conversations there.
- Watch the conversation I moderated this week at NYU, "From Fear to Focus: Race in America & the Urgency of Now" with Van Jones, Trabian Shorters, Aunjanue Ellis, and Anurag Gupta.
I love you!
I lost my Mom on April 25, just two weeks after her 80th birthday, and five days after she and Dad celebrated 58 years of marriage. Mom was a fighter who gave stage four metastatic lung cancer an amazing fight for seven years. Whenever we told her we love her she replied joyfully, “I love you more!”
On Good Friday, my mom was hospitalized with pneumonia and the doctors confirmed that her cancer had spread throughout her body. She is in hospice now. I flew to Chicago that day and flew back to New York for Easter morning. As I wrote this year’s Easter sermon, my Good Friday and Easter Sunday theologies took on even more poignant meaning. I love Mom SO much. Even in the midst of grief, she resists her cancer and its power to end her life. She is the most resilient person I know. Even in these twilight times, Mom just keeps rising! After you listen to the sermon, let me know how you experience resistance and resilience in the face of your Good Friday moments and how the rising of Easter is real in your life. I’d love to hear from you!!
Today, The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Trump Ryan Take Care Away Death Bill. If passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump, this bill will lead to more death, more hurt, and more pain for millions of people and families across this nation.