The United Campus Ministry is horrified by the recent death of George Floyd, horrified by the long terrible barbaric history of people of color dying and suffering due to white supremacy and racial injustice in our country and around the world. United Campus Ministry stands in solidarity with all people of color, with our partner denominations, with interfaith communities, with all people laboring to abolish racism and to bring an end to its merciless brutal suffering. Jesus Christ calls us to LOVE, to put into action love for one another, the redeeming LOVE God has for all people. We cannot love God, unless we truly love each other. May God give us urgency, wisdom, fortitude and guidance to labor in our local communities and in this nation to end racism NOW, so that our lives together will truly embody God’s peace and justice, God’s heaven on earth. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., a quote in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, “Justice too long delayed, is justice denied.”
The prayer below is from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) website https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/resources-for-such-a-time-as-this/
Holy One, whose Spirit is poured out upon all flesh, whose children you empower to prophesy, whose youth see visions and whose elders dream dreams, we cry out to you with a loud “Hosanna!” Where else shall we go, O Savior? You alone have the words of eternal life.
You came that we might have life more abundantly, but that abundance eludes too many of us, O God. Our news cycles are filled with despair. Our hearts ache as we wade through a global pandemic, reaching grim milestone after grim milestone. But even as we navigate a new threat, old ones still linger. Communities of color bear the uneven weight of a new disease, yet we see that racialized violence and the systemic injustice undergirding it have by no means given way to the demands of a pandemic. We speak some of the most recent names: Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Tony McDade. We add them to the litany already in our macabre collection: Aiyana and Emmett, Eric and Sandra, Jordan and Rekia, Trayvon, Atatiana and Tamir, and the myriad others in far too long a list. This great cloud has witnessed persistent injustice and our perseverance in the face of it. Yet, how can they rest when so many keep joining their ranks?
We are slow to confront our complicity and investment in white supremacy and dominance. We live in a world in which Indigenous, Black and Brown siblings are expected and compelled to offer forgiveness at a discount. When the cheeks are turned, they are met with another hand to the face — or knee to the throat. Forgiveness is too infrequently met with repentance. This, O God, we name as sin. It is our sin. Many of us lament and strive against that sin. Help and empower us to continue that work with diligence and faith. Too many of us still waver and are unconvinced that there is a problem. Remove our hearts of stone and replace them with hearts of flesh that are softened toward our siblings. Help us to reckon not only with our personal failings, but also with our institutional history and the ways the church has helped to create systems of inequity. By your Spirit, help us to corporately live into our creeds and confessions and provide sanctuary for all God’s children. When we say that “God, in a world full of injustice and enmity, is in a special way the God of the destitute, the poor and the wronged” and that “the church labors for the abolition of all racial discrimination,” help us to truly mean it.
We humble ourselves and cry out to you in the hope that you will hear us and heal us. We lift the communities of Louisville, Minneapolis, Glynn County, and all where racialized violence has occurred and unrest has been stirred. Holy God, we recall the words of our ancestor Dr. King, who reminded us that “a riot is the language of the unheard.” Open our hearts, minds, and understanding to your movement in the margins, so that when your people speak, they are indeed heard, and when they tell the truth about your deeds of power, they are not dismissed as something other than sober and of a clear mind. In this way, let the fires of uprising give way to the fires of your Spirit, where your people hear the Good News of your kin-dom, hear it with joy, and make haste to take part in it. Let us release our attachment to our current world order and walk bravely into the world you’ve intended for us, even and especially when it costs us something. We are mindful that, as Rev. Dr. Cornell West states, “Justice is what love looks like in public.”
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus is still Lord. To the one and only God, our Divine Parent, Jesus, our Gracious Sibling, and Holy Spirit, be the honor and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
How are you doing? We are thinking of you and all the adjustments you have had to make to your student life this semester. Chaplain Holly continues to be available for a catch up chat and prayer support. (This is for any alums too!)
Sunday night 6 p.m. is our last L3 event for the spring semester.With upcoming finals in mind our worship theme will be:
God our Rock and Our Provider Psalm 31: 2, 3 “Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. .You are indeed my rock and my fortress.”
Matthew 7: 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” NIV
We will also give thanks for our mothers as it is Mother’s Day.
Email Chaplain Holly for the zoom link firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for some spiritual inspiration, sharing, and for community virtual support.We are all in this together!
Peace and blessings,
Jennifer, L3 Intern and Chaplain Holly
Today is Interfaith Day of Prayer.
This YouTube clip is a beautiful prayer in the Christian tradition prepared and given by Rev. Jill Duffield, the editor of Presbyterian Outlook.
It is based on the Bible lectionary passages for this Sunday
Psalm 31: 1-5, 15-16 John 14: 1-14 Acts 7:55-60 1 Peter 2: 2-10
Hello Everyone, Wednesday, 12 – 1 p.m. is the last L3: Power of Purpose for the semester. We will be sharing inspirational spiritual and secular quotes and music to prepare for finals (you will be able to keep the powerpoint to use again).
Also we will take time to reflect
1. What we personally have learned this semester from L3, UMD studies, life that we especially will remember and continue to hold for our life journeys. Intern Jennifer will start us off, sharing out of her experience.
2. What the COVID-19 crisis has taught us so far.
Email me at email@example.com to get the zoom link.
Hope you will join us! And let me know how I, we can be supportive.
Peace and blessings,Chaplain Holly
Hope you and yours are staying safe.
You’re invited to our 5/3 Sunday night informal worship, 6 – 7 p.m.
Facing Fear and Uncertainty: The miracle of God’s hope and abundance during COVID-19.
Our worship theme is how in difficult times God’s abundance and hope are found in community. Since the early church, people of faith have been called to model God’s generosity.
Join us for some encouragement and inspiration; and share your own thoughts on the topic. All are welcome, including different spiritual and interfaith perspectives.
Email me for the zoom link at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also be in touch to schedule one on one spiritual support.
Peace and Blessings,
Join L3 on Wednesday April 29th from 12 to 1 p.m. for an informative discussion on the specific risks that the African American community faces during this pandemic.
We will focus on socio-economic factors involved with the spread and contraction of COVID-19.
Explore with us how we, as individuals, and together, have the power to impact these larger systemic processes.
How does our faith, spiritual or core values inspire us, call us to respond and take action?
All are welcome! Come and go as needed.
To join the zoom, email Chaplain Holly at email@example.com
See you on Wednesday,
Samantha and Jennifer, L3 Interns
Join us Sunday night from 6-7 p.m. for a fun game of Bible Wheel of Fortune.
We will be guessing Biblical words and short verses to win points. Zoom with us to have some fun and de-stress!
To join the zoom meeting, please email Chaplain Holly at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you then
Samantha and Jennifer, L3 Interns
This Wednesday, 4/22, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m join us for a sensitive discussion on how xenophobia has intersected with COVID-19 during this pandemic.
We will be looking at instances of xenophobia aimed at Asian Americans in the United States.
This will be part of a multi-part discussion series on Race and COVID-19. Our next discussions will be focusing on how the pandemic has specifically affected African-Americans and what communities of faith are doing to respond to the racial justice components of the pandemic.
Zoom with us to explore how we can be called to change these occurrences, and make a meaningful difference. How does your life purpose or call to be a disciple of Christ intersect with these social justice challenges?
To Join the Zoom Meeting please email Chaplain Holly at email@example.com
Samantha and Jennifer, L3 Interns
Hello Everyone, Sunday night 6 – 7 p.m. we will worship on the theme of the miracle of Jesus’ appearance to the disciples after the resurrection. Our risen Lord came to the disciples bearing peace and hope when the disciples were huddled together, afraid, sheltering in place after the crucifixion.
The sense of purpose and mission the disciples lost is found again.
John 20: 19-31, the Gospel passage, is especially relevant and brings good news during this time of pandemic
Hope you will join us for spiritual inspiration!
Please email Chaplain Holly to get the zoom link at firstname.lastname@example.org