We may all be celebrating this 4th of July differently, but it is an opportunity to rejoice in the beginning of our country's freedom and pray that we may learn to make all the people free in our country. We have looked too long only at white supremacy; all in this country are free and have the same rights. Let us pray for change. Black lives do matter; immigrants (we all came from immigrants ), those seeking refuge among us, all should be welcome, free, and treated the same.
The question asked in our retreat on the afternoon of the 5th day is:
"What does living the love of Jesus and choosing to be his follower ask of me and of us in the world today?"