Look in the Mirror

Re: the General Synod and Room for All. I am a member of Third Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. While I am not fond of labels to narrowly define people, for the sake of clarity, I am married and straight, with friends who are gay, or who have children who are bisexual and transgender. First and…

A Place in the Body of Christ

The #WeAretheRCA project has been quiet for some time, but as General Synod 2017 approaches, a few more letters have arrived. Today’s letter to the General Synod comes from Hava Zuidema, a member of Third Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. If you are an LGBTQ person or an ally who is affected by the decisions of…

Antietam

Yesterday I visited the Antietam National Battlefield, and learned that my Civil War history knowledge is severely lacking. Since I am a northerner through and through, my vague impression of it is something along the lines of: Secession, boo! Emancipation, yay! Why are people still flying the flags of the losing side? (See? I’m all…

Dehumanizing the Poor

Everyone has that one story they could tell and sometimes do, about that woman in the checkout line with her fancy shoes and perfect manicure and designer purse and expensive weave (because the woman in this story is nearly always black, which…is going to need to be its own post so that I don’t fly…

Food Stamp Challenge

In case you haven’t noticed, the poverty rate in this country is ridiculous, especially the child poverty rate. See this film. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) benefits in my own state, New York, are being cut, as are public funds for emergency food providers like food pantries. I imagine the same is…

Keep Struggling – A Sermon on Luke 18:1-8

Again and again and again this woman came, every day, over and over, with the same request. “Please, do the right thing. Give me justice!” And finally, after she had bothered him day after day after day, even though he didn’t care the slightest bit about what was the right thing to do, the judge…