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Reflection
This is a special message. Please keep in mind that the situation is ever-changing; Christ Episcopal Church will keep you updated on our practices and procedures according to parish and diocesan guidelines.

Below is a written reflection from our intern, Carrie Cabush.
May 30, 2020
 
Tomorrow is Pentecost. The day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. And the gift of difference. 
 
On the festival of Pentecost we commemorate the Holy Spirit rushing in like a violent wind, desperate to shake things up after Jesus' ascension. On that day, she filled the entire house, appearing lie tongues of fire, and rested on the head of each disciple to grant them the ability to speak in different languages. 
 
As Christians, how do we have any choice but to proclaim that diversity and difference are God-given gifts?
 
We have been blessed with the gift of the Holy Spirit so that we too might prophesy Jesus' message of radical love, restoration, and equity. We have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit so that we too might speak in new, unfamiliar tongues to people we have never spoken to before. 
 
And yet, this week, our feeds are flooded with stories of a broken world where difference is reason to fear instead of rejoice, where lives are threatened and lost in an instant because of a fear that blinds us to the image of God in our neighbor. George Floyd, Breona Taylor, Ahmed Aubrey, even Christian Cooper... How many names of those who have suffered at the hands of our racism, injustice, brutality, and oppression never make it to our feeds? 
 
No wonder the Holy Spirit was full of fire. Perhaps she still is.
 
We need tongues of fire right about now. With the Spirit's holy fire within us, we can begin to burn off our internalized racism and fear. With the Spirit's holy fire within us, we are empowered to speak truth to power; to speak love for human bodies of color into the face of fear of difference. 
 
Bayard Rustin, the Civil Rights leader, said "we need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers." May we find ways to be angelic troublemakers in our community and in our nation. 
 
If you're looking for inspiration, check out the Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints project, which highlights through art and word "people of diverse faiths who rocked the religious boat on behalf of love and justice." https://www.holytroublemakers.com/

If you're looking for someplace to start, here is a comprehensive list: https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234






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