"Notes from Underground (Railroad), or, How Slaves Teach Us Freedom from Being Inclusive"
For South Wedge Mission
Rochester, New York
23 June 2013
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Day Text: Galatians 3.5-29
Note: The sermon came out a disaster on Sunday night. This manuscript represents the proclamation as I intended it. I am glad to share it more broadly in a more fully realized form. Thanks for your patience, as always.
-Last week, it rained in Rochester. I know, shocking right?
-And I wonder if, letting go of the idols of our own need to feel inclusive, might allow the church in Rochester to reclaim both histories. To become Gentiles included into the story of the freed slaves of Israel. And so, to allow our communities to become Underground Railroad stations once more, on the Gospel line of grace, guided by the North Star of the Magi towards a new freedom and a new happiness. Where we seek, not to be Includers, but simply allow ourselves to be, as Included. Singing the songs of the slaves, from Israel to the United States. Running an underground movement of joy and liberation ready to share with others the path to a new creation. And, in welcoming them, to be reminded of this path ourselves.