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Warren says she is squarely focused on her Senate reelection race.
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She was raised Methodist in a conservative Oklahoma town, and writes about taking her children to church most Sundays and teaching Sunday school during her years as a young law professor in Texas. She recounted using the Socratic method to teach her fifth-graders their Bible lessons. The visits are almost never publicized. She carries her own Bible with her, pastors say, a well-worn King James version she has had since the fourth grade.
Jeffrey Brown, an associate pastor at Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, because she has been there so many times. Warren displayed her familiarity with the Bible during her Aug. When King asked about the ability of the country to bridge its vast partisan divides, Warren responded with a parable Jesus told of God dividing people into two groups, as a shepherd divides his flock into sheep and goats.
The sheep are going to heaven because they fed the hungry, ministered to the sick. It is a Scripture that says make your love strong.
Kennedy, whose former seat she was trying to wrest back from Brown at the time. She also turns to it in less public settings. A year or two after her election to the Senate, the Rev. Jim Wallis, president and chief executive of Sojourners, a liberal magazine and Christian social justice movement based in Washington, invited her to address a leadership summit his group hosts every three years.
Matthew 25 was the text about which she chose to speak. He also remembers being struck by the sight of her Bible as he watched her open it on the podium as she started her talk. It was full of underlined passages. Those who move to other countries by choice are seen as being different from those who are forced to leave to escape violence, starvation, or persecution. The same word is applied to both our categories. The Israelites are vulnerable when they must take refuge in Egypt, and that vulnerability is exploited.
They are made slaves for generations.
And whether the Exodus was a historical event or simply the defining mythos of a people, it creates a compassion for migrants that permeates the whole Hebrew Bible. These commands reflect a world that seems quite familiar to us today: people who migrate are likely to be in need, at risk, relatively powerless and afraid. The writers of Scripture are acutely aware of the vulnerability of immigrants, and consistent in demanding justice, mercy, and hospitality for them. God tells us to take special care of those who, by leaving their native land, have lost much of their security and sense of identity.
And this takes us, finally, into another reason the Bible exhorts us to treat the refugee with justice and hospitality: we are all , in the long run, refugees.
As long as we live, whoever we are, we are vulnerable, porous, open to exploitation and in need of the kindness of strangers. And God invites us to do the same.
Our worship is both old and new, claiming the resources of a glorious past and blending them with the vitality of current offerings. We welcome you to worship with us! With our baptismal vows, we promise to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to strive for justice, peace and dignity among all people. At the heart of our giving and stewardship is deep gratitude to God for all that we have and the desire to share and care for these gifts with others.
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