New Ark United Church of Christ, Newark, DE
February 25, 2018
First, the reading from Genesis, when God called Abram and Sarai to leave their home in Haran:
“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’ Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him,
“‘As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.
“‘I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.’
“God said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.’ Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed.”
“We want this to be a covenant for all of us, and all our offspring after us throughout generations, for an everlasting covenant, that never again will we live through another mass shooting. Never again will we lose black and brown youths to gun violence.”
And there were some who heard this and laughed. They mocked the power, the conviction of this generation and called them crisis actors and political tools, and accused them of being outspoken and articulate.
Around the world, in war-torn Syria, Nigeria, Sudan, and Yemen, in countries that engage in human trafficking and religious persecution, and here in our own nation, we are crucifying our children on the cross we were supposed to take up. Our children are dragging us out of our homes, out of our comfort, out of what has been, to another land so that they might have future generations. These children have grown up in the shadow of 9/11, in a nation that conducts endless war, and who have witnessed 10 of the deadliest shootings since 1999. We can no longer be surprised by their prophetic witness, by their righteous anger. It’s time we lose ourselves to the ways of peace and justice before we lose our children. Amen.
|"The Untouchables", Erik Ravelo|
"The first image refers to pedophilia in the Vatican. Second child sexual abuse in tourism in Thailand, and the third refers to the war in Syria. The fourth image refers to the trafficking of organs on the black market, where most of the victims are children from poor countries; fifth refers to gun violence in the U.S.. And finally, the sixth image refers to obesity, blaming the big fast food companies.
The new series produced by Cuban artist Erik Ravelo was titled as "The Untouchables", are photographs of children crucified for his supposed oppressors, each for a different reason and a clear message, seeks to reaffirm the right of children to be protected and report abuse suffered by them especially in countries such as Brazil, Syria, Thailand, United States and Japan"