Learning about Faith from Mexican Immigrants



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Emphasis on Community

Thank you for sharing this vision of how to live. Much truth in that.

Elsie Gauley Vega more than 3 years ago

Americans not the savior

I appreciate the author's attempt to understand his friends words and the author's appreciation of the image of Christian life. I also appreciate the author's following his friend's leadership in this issue. However, there are other issues to consider: 1. One person (Hispanic or not) cannot speak for a whole community - nobody can't start to understand where this person is coming from; 2. Times have changed since this exchange happened. 3. Hispanics have been leading the advocacy efforts for their community since the beginning - and other US citizens have joined in; 4. Sin is sin. The sin of greed, oppression and abuse must be denounced, even by the church. Sadly, church members are often the owners of farms and businesses the exploit Hispanic workers; 5. The Scriptures preferential option for the poor does not mean leaving them to be exploited; 6. Advocating for justice does not mean to advocating for wealth.
Yes, the church must follow and join the leaders who are advocating against injustice and oppression - many of these leaders are and have been the Hispanics themselves, who overcome fear to raise their voice.

Nora Colmenares more than 3 years ago

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Brian McLaren"All of us, especially people of faith, need to proclaim that white supremacy and white privilege and all other forms of racism and injustice must indeed be replaced with something better – the beloved community where all are welcome, all are safe, and all are free. White supremacist and Nazi dreams of apartheid must be replaced with a better dream – people of all tribes, races, creeds, and nations learning to live in peace, mutual respect, and neighborliness. Such a better world is possible, but only if we set our hearts on realizing the possibility."

– Brian McLaren, writing in "What I Saw in Charlottesville" on the Auburn Seminary website.

"The idea of racial (or most any other) supremacy is antithetical to that Gospel. We should remember that Jesus himself grasped for no superiority, no rank, but instead made himself a servant, giving himself in love. What we saw in Charlottesville was therefore a kind of anti-gospel, something that must be resisted, yes–but more, something that must be overcome."

– Dr. Craig Hill, dean of United Methodist-related Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, on Facebook.

"I heard growing up that the best way to expose a dirty glass is put a clean glass next to it. Faith leaders must stand up and show a dignified, nonviolent way. ... We’ve got to come off our pulpits and out of our cathedrals and save the soul of this nation."

– The Rev. Al Sharpton on his coming "Thousand Ministers March" for justice, interviewed by Adelle Banks of Religion News Service.

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