I write to you after a full day in Sacramento. A number of us from the Birmingham, Alabama, trip gathered with Black-led California organizations to rally and have meetings with Assembly members to gather support of various bills coming before the State legislature specific to Black lives: Black lives are our lives. Many of these bills would seem to be a no-brainer, yet the need to discuss them is real. We are called to advocacy.

Jesus tells his disciples in John 14:16 that he will ask God to give them/us another Advocate to be with them forever – a support for their/our journey. And as recipients of that advocacy, we are called to be advocates for others. Micah 6:8 says:

 Listen here, mortal:
 God has already made abundantly clear
 what “good” is, and what GOD needs from you:
 simply do justice,
 love kindness,
 and humbly walk with your God.

I invite you to think aboutJohn 14:15-21 as we come to Sunday. Jesus tells us that we will not be orphaned and to keep the commandments. We know what they are. How are we doing? Are we being advocates for others as God advocates for us? In this AAPI & Jewish American Heritage Month, I also invite you to look at our advocacy action against antisemitism and anti-Asian communities.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday at 10 am at 1130 Balclutha or on Zoom. 

With love,
Rev. Michael Cronin

P.S. Bring a pic or memento that represents a mother figure to you for the altar this Sunday.

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