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  • Stating the Obvious (2/5/2019)

    Late last December, Congress unanimously passed legislation to
    make lynching a federal crime. Now, you might think that such a
    horrific act would already be on the books as a crime, but, until last
    December, it was not.

    With the recent hate crime-attack on actor Jussie Smollett, which
    had many hallmarks of a lynch-attack, it becomes readily apparent that
    this law is deeply needed.

    Interestingly enough, there was opposition to the bill. Even more
    interestingly, it came from Christians (or at least those who claim to be
    Christian).

    The Liberty Counsel, an evangelical legal organization known for
    its political lobbying on behalf of Christian conservatives, lobbied
    against the legislation. Mat Staver, the founder and chairman of Liberty
    Counsel, asked legislators to remove language from the bill that
    explicitly includes protections for people on the basis of sexual and
    gender identity.

    Why, you ask? Simple: An anti-lynching law is, according to
    Staver in an interview he gave to the Christian news siteOneNewsNow,
    only a baby step to one day passing employment, housing and health
    care legislation that would offer protections to LGBTQ people. Because
    gay and lesbian people go against God’s will, they should not be offered
    these protections. That said, he is generally opposed to lynching.

    Wow.

    The idea that we are even having a political argument about
    whether people should be legally protected from lynching is utterly
    ridiculous. I cannot fathom anyone who would not want to see
    extrajudicial, identity-based killings of any sort outlawed.
    Fortunately, these lobbying efforts were unsuccessful but it
    highlights just how organized and influential hate has become. The fact
    that this kind of discrimination comes in a Christian package is even
    more troubling.

    When people of faith forget that Jesus called us to empower the
    marginalized, to love one’s neighbor as one’s self, to not judge lest you
    be judged, and to include everyone at the table of God’s grace,
    something has gone wrong.

    When people of faith forget that Jesus was essentially lynched by a
    crowd of politically frenzied religious zealots because he didn’t fit in,
    their faith has no heart and they assume the title “Christian” as only a
    label and nothing more.

    It may be stating the obvious, it may sound redundant, it may be
    simplistic, but the truth is this: Ours is a God of love and inclusion not a
    God of hate and violence.

    See you in church,
    –Rev. Dominic

  • Snow Cancellation Procedure (1/18/2019)

    Dear Friends,

    Now that we are in the heart of winter, I want to share with you an update on how you would know if we should decide to cancel our Sunday morning worship service due to snow. This is simplified from what we have set up in the past.

    In the event of a significant storm, Rev. Dominic will consult with our Senior Deacons and together they will make a decision. If the decision is to cancel, a notice will be placed on the church’s website. Additionally, the outgoing message on the church phone will also be updated to notify of a cancellation of worship. The following will be contacted directly: All staff, Facilities Deacons, Worship Deacons, Fellowship Deacons, Christian Education Deacons.

    So remember, if a storm is upon us on a Sunday morning and you are unsure if there is a worship service, keep checking the church website
    at fccmelrose.org and the outgoing message on the church phone at 781-665- 2111.

    Thank you, –Rev. Dominic

    snow

  • (12/4/2018)

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