I found out belatedly about another event here in Gladlyville that I would have wanted to attend if I'd known about it in time. Now that my schedule will be a little more open, I really want to get more involved in promoting justice here in my town. Justice is my priority, really, but if I can help to unseat the rep who keeps sending me regrettable letters*, so much the better.
*Do you ever think of great ideas as, like, jewels ferreted out from a deep dark mine? His letters read like they were written by someone who went jewelry shopping in a slag heap.**
**That's probably not as evocative an image for people who didn't spend their childhoods in WV, driving along country roads marred by hideous roadside piles of mining waste.***
***Which can now go unfettered into WV streams. Thanks, GOP-controlled House!
Wait, where was I before I was clotheslined by bitterness verging on despair? Oh, yeah, justice in Gladlyville.
I've been looking around, trying to find places to start. Latent racism, the kind that people don't want to hear about, is part of the problem, so I am going to see what's up with our local Black Lives Matter organization. Welcoming the stranger is important to me because it was important to Jesus, so I'm going to try to get to a rally next week supporting local immigrants.
"Hmm, I thought to myself, "there must be some kind of local clearinghouse where I can get lots of information about local opportunities to promote social justice. I know! I will search the UU church's site."
This thought made me sad.
I am committed to my parish; I am committed to the Church, my Mother. I have to say, though, the Catholic parishes in my town are not doing a bang-up job addressing the turmoil of the day. We should be a unified voice against racism, if we really believe that in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek. We should be a unified voice for the poor, unless we think Jesus was only joshing.
We should have parish websites that steer people toward concrete ways to be salt and light in difficult times. Maybe that part could be more prominent than the fish fry schedule.