Hoy Sunday we will have our Trilingual Community Mass (Spanish, English and ASL) at 11:00 am. The liturgy process for tomorrow will be in the context of celebrating the historical legacy of Rev. Thomas Gallaudet & Rev. Henry Winter Syle, the Apostles of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Therefore, in our liturgy we will be using the exercise of silence a lot and during the peace we will say greetings by spelling our names in sign language. Remember, the opposite of exclusion is participation, so you will also see the incredible participation of our deaf sisters and brothers.
My dear Holyrood family,
The episcopal liturgical calendar honors today the life of Jonathan Myrick Daniels an Episcopal seminarian and civil rights activist. On a day like today, on August 14, 1965, Daniels was one of a group of 29 protesters, including members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), who went to Fort Deposit, Alabama, to picket its whites-only stores. All of the protesters were arrested. They were transported in a garbage truck and taken to jail in the nearby town of Hayneville.
Muy buenos días mi querida familia de San Romero. Un día como hoy, jueves, 15 de agosto nació en Ciudad de Barrios, El Salvador, el Arzobispo Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez, ahora conocido como San Romero de América, a quien nuestra Capilla de Reposo está dedicada y la esquina de la calle 179 también lleva su nombre.
Beyond praying for the victims of El Paso, Texas (20 people killed) and Dayton, Ohio (9 people killed) over the weekend, it seems to me that our prayers must be accompanied by critical analysis in order to understand the real causes of the real problems and at the same time that we prophetically denounce as a church the people behind all this genocide. It seems to me that we can begin with the advice of the Apostle Paul when he tells us (Ephesians 6:13): Therefore, take all the armor of God, so that you can resist on the bad day, and having done everything, stand firm.
The Episcopal Church views stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it’s also about contributing time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. It’s about reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity. Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Biblical practice of “tithing,” which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26).
Immigration restrictions are not intrinsically racist. Every country, within its sovereignty, has the right to establish the restrictions of those who arrive, those who remain, and those who must leave. That is not a debate. What is debated is that all laws must be fundamental in human rights, love, compassion and respect for humanity.