From the Minister, Fri Jun 8

“Long-term immigrants with strong US ties are aggressively and systematically being scooped up and deported,” says Clara Long, senior US researcher at Human Rights Watch. “These are not outliers or a smattering of cases; instead, this is the brutal, destructive face of" our current immigration policy.

The number of immigrants seized in the interior of the country rather than at the border – many of them wrenched from their families and communities – was more than 13,000 a month in 2017, up 42 percent compared to 2016. In 2017, immigration arrests of people with no criminal convictions were nearly triple what they were the year before – growing to almost a third of all arrests.

Welcoming the immigrant brings a productive vibrancy among us, and being hospitable also keeps us – people like me who were born in the US, both of whose parents and all four of whose grandparents were born in the US – more vibrantly engaged with our world than insular retreat into despising foreigners allows. Immigration is usually good for the come-heres, and usually good for the been-heres, yet we are ceding ground to fear, to hate, and to plain cruelty.

It may be the case, as Gandhi said (quoted in the June issue of On the Journey), that "What you can do is very little." He added: "But it is very important that you do it."

Yours in the faith we share,

The Liberal Pulpit. New this week:

Index of past sermons: HERE
Index of other reflections: HERE.

In case you missed it: Video of the Jun 3 sermon on immigration is HERE -- with Yency's wonderbox story HERE.

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Your Moment of Zen. Owl then spoke up and asked, "What is the essential point of the Eightfold Path?" Brown Bear said, "It goes around and around." Owl drew back her head and exclaimed, "Really? I thought it was a linear path. And I've always thought there should be a ninth step -- that Right Realization should come after Right Zazen." Brown Bear said, "Right Views come after Right Zazen." Owl said, "Then where does...READ MORE
Zen at CUUC: Sat Jun 9
Let's Talk
One option: I'm at a coffee shop from 3-5pm (almost) every Tuesday until Father's Day. I invite you to drop by and visit with me. Jun 5 & 12: Starbucks, 2 South Greeley Ave, Chappaqua
Another option: Drop by the Minister's Study at CUUC.
Office Hours (during which I try to avoid scheduling meetings)
Wed & Thu: 10-12 & 3-6 (through Jun 10)
Or: The Parsonage is open for drop-in visits on Fridays, 12:30-5.
Or: Call Pam (946-1660, x2) or me (352-682-8492) to make an appointment!

The two Common Reads for 2017-18: HERE. Of particular note, regarding Centering: See recommended reading HERE

On the Journey, Jun: Justice. HERE

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