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Wishing for world peace

Wishing for world peace

The Reverend Lauren Stanley, priest-in-charge of Rosebud Episcopal Mission (West) in South Dakota, wrote an op-ed in The Dallas Morning News: “What I want for Christmas, and what I offer,” wishing first for world peace, however unrealistic that wish is (“I’m a priest – what else would I ask for?”)

What do I want?

I want a restoration of civility in the world.

I want us to be nicer to each other.

I want the excruciating rudeness and nastiness and boorishness to Just. Stop. Now.

I want us to remember that we all come from ancient space dust, that we were all created in God’s image from that dust, and that we are all related. Whether we like it or not, we are all related. And that in the end, we shall return to that dust. Whether we like it or not.

She asks readers to

…kindly remember that because one of us says “God” and another says “Allah” and another says “Jehovah” and another says “Dios” and another says “Bwana Mungu” and another says “Wakantanka” doesn’t mean that we worship separate gods. It merely means we speak different languages. There is only one God. Deal with it.

And ends with the gifts she can offer:

I can be more polite and more affirming.

I can give more, and demand less.

I can work harder to get more people across the finish line.

What gifts can you offer that move us toward peace?

Image from Global Art Project galleries

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Jerald Liko

I missed the part where the angels terrified the shepherds. And the part where God becoming Us informed this message. Perhaps this seems spurious, but since we pray for peace and tolerance 365 days a year, wouldn't it have been nice to throw in at least one reference to the birth of Jesus?

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David Streever

Jerald:
Where would either have gone? It's a list of things she wants for the world, not a retelling of the story of Christmas?

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Cynthia Katsarelis

Um, she does talk a lot about God, and doesn't that cover Jesus? This was written for a newspaper and talked about all people being created in the Image of God, which is an incarnational image, and an attempt to include Muslims and Jews as our sisters and brothers, called to our common humanity and our common God to work for a better world.

Me thinks you are being too fussy. You could write your own op-Ed. In it, you might want to consider the audience, as Mere Lauren has done. Then you would need to choose if your audience is broad and taking in all of God's children, or only those who follow Jesus. If your audience is exclusively Christian, then by all means wax poetic about shepherds and Baby Jesus. I'm very fond of all that, even as I recognize it is not everyone's tradition.

And if this complaint is part of that "war on Christmas" paranoia, I'm not sure that attitude will assist in achieving world peace.

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Cynthia Katsarelis

Excellent essay/sermon by Mère Lauren. Thank you!

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Michael Hartney

Always, Lauren, you rock!

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