New Ark United Church of Christ, Newark, DE
April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday
17 students and staff members killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is not the last thing. The thousands who have been killed due to gun violence—it is not the last thing.
Being excluded or not feeling safe at school or in the workplace or on the street because of your color, your gender or gender expression, your sexuality, your ability is not the last thing.
Being misgendered and invisible to others, having your pronouns ignored or disregarded is not the last thing.
Wars in Yemen, Syria, Nigeria, Sudan, the Congo, Somalia, Libya, Afghanistan, and so many more are not the last thing.
The ever-widening gap between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of us, the 46 million Americans who live in poverty, the more than 3 billion people worldwide who live on $2.50 a day, is not the last thing.
And for this we must dare to be willing fools. Suckers for Jesus, for wholeness, for resurrection. Amen.