Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, Washington, DC Podcast
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This podcast features the weekly sermon message, usually presented by our pastor, Rev. Alisa Lasater Wailoo. CHUMC is located at 5th Street and Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC, and we embrace as a gift the diversity of our neighborhood and the world, celebrating our human family's diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, faith history, economic status, marital status, physical and mental ability, and education. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and as beloved children of God, all are worthy of God's love and grace.
Recognizing that there are differences among us, we still believe that we can love alike even though we may not think alike. We proclaim this statement of welcome to all who have known the pain of exclusion or discrimination in the church or in society. We invite all people to join us in our faith journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.
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In this sermon, we will learn from yet 2 more radical women in Scripture. We’re actually spending this month studying women in the Bible, because listening to the minority voice gives us a deeper and different understanding of God and ourselves. But Lord knows I had no idea all that would happen this month when I chose this topic.
Honestly, I’ve struggled for the best words to share with you about Charlottesville and the weeks and years that have led up to such a display of hatred and violence. There is no doubt how our God feels about white supremacy and any heresy that claims one "type" of human is superior, above, or should dominate over another. God abhors it. But, I believe, there remains within us deep doubts about “if and how” we might excise this sin from within us and our communities.
Thankfully, we serve a God who tells the truth about sin and shows the way to transformation no matter how hard the truth is to swallow and how challenging the path may seem. And God does not ask us to do any of this alone. I love how Rev. Maria Swearingen sums it: as Christians we are “a people who have chosen to shape their lives around the liberating story of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And this gospel tells about an early community of people, some Greek, some Jew, some male, some female, some free, some slave, who began to break bread together, and in the mystical breaking of that bread, discovered their truest, deepest selves. And in discovering their truest, deepest selves, they also discovered how deep the lies that originally defined them were. That “slaveowner” and “slave,” that “Roman citizen” and “immigrant” had so warped their self-understanding that they’d lost their deepest humanity. And the gospel of Jesus meant to help them find it again, together.”
So, come to this sermon where together, we will explore two stories where women were defined, confined, and at risk because of their ethnicity: Esther the Jew in a Persian Palace and the Unnamed Canaanite Mother who approaches her ethnic enemy, the Jewish rabbi named Jesus. I encourage you to read over the Scriptures and, as you read the stories, ask yourself who / which characters have power and what kind of power do they have?
As prep, I also want to recommend a sermon by Dr. Brenda Slater McNeil on the Book of Esther. In it, she strips away every shiny gloss we put on the passage and dives deep into the denigration, injustice, and dangers the women (from Vasht