Call of Humanity to Kinship

Call of Humanity to Kinship


There’s a vision that drives us always,
in everything that we do. The prophet Habakkuk writes: “the vision still has its
time, presses on to fulfillment, and it “will not disappoint. And if it delays,
wait for it.” But none of us want to wait for too long, con los brazos cruzados,
you know tapping our feet and staring at our watches. We want to make
something happen. And what I want to suggest to you in the brief time I have
with you is that what in fact we want to make happen is the creation and
formation of a community of kinship such that God in fact might recognize it. How
do we together imagine a circle of compassion, and then imagine nobody’s
standing outside that circle? How do we seek together to dismantle the barriers
that exclude? How do we inch our way out to the edges of those margins, and by
standing there the margins get erased? And so we stand with people, very
particular folks, the poor and the powerless and the voiceless. We stand
with those whose dignity has been denied. We stand with those whose burdens are
more than they can bear. Every once in a while we have this great privileged
moment where we get to stand with the easily despised, and the readily left out,
with the demonized so that the demonizing will stop, and with the
disposable so that the day will come when we stop throwing people away.
I don’t think that’s my call. I think that’s our invitation as members of the
human race. And I think that if kinship was our goal, we would no longer be
promoting justice, we would in fact be celebrating it.

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