Chicago Lutherans and Catholics stress peace on Reformation anniversary

By | August 31, 2019

(congregational singing with organ) – Here in Chicagoland, we know these needs all too well. We witness the daily impact
of violence in the streets, of hopelessness in the
hearts of those living in segregated neighborhoods and locked in generational poverty and a political environment
that traps powerless. When we join together
as brothers and sisters to serve the common good
united by our faith in Christ we become the bridge
that can span divisions. Even those that are 500 years old. – We’ve come together here
this evening of course to affirm and recommit
ourselves to a covenant, that is to a set of promises. It is implicitly a
covenant that challenges us to stand side by side
and to work tirelessly together for peace. It is a covenant that
challenges us to create a place of welcome for the stranger and to stand against all forms of bigotry, racism, oppression, and exclusion. It is a covenant that
challenges all to live with our hands open. (audience applauds) – My hope is now that as we launch our antiviolence initiative
with a more robust approach that it will be ecumenical in context because we know that we can’t
do it alone as Catholics. So my hope would be that the covenant will bind the two
communities, the Lutherans and the Catholics together
in this important work, joining with others as well.

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