For this week's text of terror, we look from one end of the Bible to the other: the command in Genesis to "subdue" the Earth, and the idea that at the end of time, the whole Creation will be destroyed. Looking at the Industrial Revolution in light of these texts, we see one way that people have legitimized the wanton destruction of the environment—and harming people in the process.
This week, we were blessed to hear from Rev. Sarah Casey. She continued our series of wrestling with some of the hardest texts in the Bible and trying to figure out what to do with them. She takes up the topic of women, examining how the New Testament has been used to keep women out of ministry and leadership roles in the church.
Continuing our series about Biblical texts that have been used to cause great harm, we take up the poor this week. More than any one text, what has been harmful has been the way that we interpret the whole Bible in the first place. Allegorical readings shift the focus from the real material conditions of the poor to a spiritualized realm that ignores these problems.
During the Lenten season, we are taking each week a text that has been used to cause great harm, examine its use without trying to excuse it, and then figuring out how to move forward from there. This week, we take on the legacy of slavery and how Christianity has been used to justify it.
This week, we begin our Lenten sermon series. Each week, we are taking up a Biblical text that has been used to brutalize a group. We unflinchingly look at it and how it has been used—not trying to sugarcoat it or make it easier to handle—and then try to figure out how to move forward from there. This week, we discuss Native Americans and the genocidal legacy of the Conquest of Canaan.