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Text: Genesis 21:8-21
“An artfully arranged sentence begins the story of her actions…‘Now Sarai, wife of Abram, did not bear [a child] to him, but to her [was] an Egyptian maid whose name [was] Hagar.’” (Phyllis Trible) It is one of the most troubling, unimaginable, and haunting stories in the biblical text. “Sarai the Hebrew is married, rich, and free but also old and barren. Hagar the Egyptian is single, poor, and slave but also young and fertile. Power belongs to Sarai; powerlessness marks Hagar…Sarai proposes a plan to acquire a child.” (Trible) The text reads:
And Sarai said to Abram:
‘Behold, God has prevented me from bearing children.
Go, then, to my maid.
Perhaps I shall be built up from her.’
We the Care of Creation Sunday Group of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church stand in solidarity with all 195 nations that signed the Paris Climate Accord. Our faith traditions teach that care for Creation is our moral duty, and the stakes for our planet — and ourselves — have never been higher. By embracing restorative and regenerative actions, we can continue mitigating the impacts of climate disruption while also creating a more equitable and just world. We are compelled to call out President Trump for his lack of leadership in making his decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement. This immoral, short-sighted decision endangers all citizens on Earth and future generations. That said, we must all continue to find and implement solutions to address climate change by our actions in our communities, homes, and institutions.
-Care of Creation Group, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
Texts: Genesis 18:1-15 & Matthew 28:16-20
Ma B. was my dorm mother my sophomore, junior, and senior years in college. She was a full-figured, attractive woman in her early 70’s. Her face showed deep lines of wisdom and the limp she walked with was an indication of the struggles she had been through in life. For the most part, Ma B. was a quiet and gentle woman. That is until there was a problem. In those moments when dorm life got a little out of control, Ma B. would draw upon her stern look and firm voice to bring things back to order. She didn’t use many words. She didn’t have to for us to know that she was serious. [Read more…]