Rev. Chip Wright, Minister
As September approaches and I write this, the conflict in Gaza and Israel is ongoing, ISIS has made its move to solidify
a new Caliphate in Northern Iraq with the intention of forming a world wide Islamic state, and we have resumed limited
military air strikes in Iraq. Thousands of refugee children are coming up from Central America and are now in detention
centers along our borders.
In a world of such conflict and disarray it is very important not to lose sight of our spiritual and ethical souls. When we lose this center we risk being drawn into despair and inaction. The world needs hope, care and love. These are
the seeds of possibility, and the foundations of our tenet of inherent worth and dignity. Whether by prayer, conversations
with the trees, writing poetry, hiking on the beach, whatever, please nurture your spirit, your moral and ethical sense of
what is good.
We share this world and it needs all the positive energy we can offer, along with all the effort and action we can give to help keep right the boat as we traverse these turbulent waters. Together we can make a difference. But we must
keep joy and care alive as polestars to do it well.
My wife, Lisa, and I, after some long thought and conversation, have decided that with all of this conflict in the world we
need to focus on how we might help our neighboring refugee children who are being held in detention centers along our
borders. To try and bring some sense of security and of belonging to them and help in finding solutions to this issue.
We want to get first hand looks at what might be driving this unprecedented wave of young people out of Central America.
More on this as my sabbatical time approaches.
As crazy as the world is, I am looking forward to seeing you all on September 7th. Don’t forget to bring water for our
anointing bowl and stones and symbols of our connections to help build our altar of this beloved congregation.
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