I was as embarrassed and angry as anyone else that a man like Trump was claiming my faith community as his own—a faith community that has challenged me to be more loving, more courageous, more justice-seeking, more open, more hospitable. But after the initial embarrassment in the form of indignation wore off, I realized I was not so surprised, because I have also seen the Church enact the Empire-values that Trump embodies.
In these times, we must be "relentlessly imaginative and bold," says Rev. Alison Harrington of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona. Alison was a panelist along with Rev John Fife, former pastor of Southside Presbyterian Church and a co-founder of No More Deaths / No Mas Muertes, Amy Beth Willis, an organizer with the National Sanctuary Movement, and Rev. Jim Rigby, pastor of St. Andrew's Presbyterian in Austin, Texas.
Like many of you, I have oscillated this last week between disbelief, deep sadness and disappointment, anger, and fear. We do not know what the next months and years will hold for our country, but we do know that we will continue to be called to resist tyranny, xenophobia, homophobia, misogyny, racism, and Islamaphobia. And we will be there.