No Pollyanna He: Following Jesus in a Time of Fear

Below is the sermon delivered by Rick Ufford-Chase following the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, given at New York Ave. Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C., on March 18th, 2007.

Isaiah 58: 6-9
Luke 6: 27-31

Everything I am going to share with you this morning is true, except for the part that hasn't happened yet . . .

Once upon a time, not so very long ago,

SOA Protesters on Trial Today

Sixteen people who crossed the line last November at the annual protest of the School of Americas stood trial and were sentenced today. Complete details are available at www.soaw.org.

One of the defendants is PPF member Phil Gates, who recently served as an accompanier in Colombia. Phil's sentence is 60 days in federal prison. Please keep him and the other soon-to-be prisoners of conscience in your prayers as they continue in this witness.

Recently Phil wrote the following before travelling to the trial:

CPT Kidnap Victims Forive Captors

UNITED KINGDOM: Statement by Norman Kember, James Loney, and Harmeet Singh Sooden regarding the prosecution of their kidnappers

[Note: Norman Kember, Harmeet Singh Sooden and CPTer James Loney delivered the following statement at a press conference today in London at 10:30 a.m. GMT]

Phil Gates on Crossing the Line at Ft. Benning

DR. PHILIP E. GATES
145 N. ROCKY DELLS DR.
PRESCOTT, AZ 86303
928-541-9458
drmsg@aol.com

November 24, 2006

Friends:

Poem for Darfur by George R. Pasley

My God my God
What have we done?

Nothing.

We have done nothing and
300,000
Maybe 400,000
Are dead,
Their voices no longer sing in the fields
Or laugh in the villages
Or pray in hope to you
But their cries of terror
Haunt us now,

And we prod each other,
Saying, “What can we do?”
Wringing our hands
“What can we do?”
Pointing our fingers.

My God my God
What have we done?

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