CPTnet 2 February 2016 CPT INTERNATIONAL: I Corinthians 13 for CPTers
by Peter Haresnape
1 Corinthians 13 for CPTers
If I speak about courage and justice, and siding with the oppressed, and speaking truth to power no matter the cost, but do not speak about love... I am just a loudmouth orator, a white saviour, a shameless self-promoter.
If I am excellent at nonviolent communication, and I take great pictures, and I know all the latest anti-oppressive lingo, and I can analyse racist systems so as to dismantle them entirely, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I fully embrace the work of prophet and activist and martyr, and get dragged away by the riot police or bombed by the military of my own country, but have not love, that is no use to anyone.
Love is patient. Love survives evil, war, oppression. It remains when the teargas clears and the children go back to school. It is still there when the water is protected. Love is kind, not arrogant, not insisting on its own way, but making space for joy and truth even in the hardest circumstance.
Whether it is love between two people, or love of a person for their community, or love of a community for its land, or love of justice and peace and equity, love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
Clever words will be forgotten. The most interesting facts are subject to revision. The best sermon you've ever heard â€“ you will forget. Right now, everything we do is flawed and inaccurate. But. One day we'll experience Truth with a Capital T. And then all this will be unnecessary.
Before I was mature, I was immature. In becoming mature, I left behind ways of speaking, thinking and reasoning that were immature.
Right now we're hearing murmurs, reading translations, seeing shadows on the wall, but one day we'll see face-to-face.
Right now, half of the time I'm guessing, but one day I will know beyond all doubt â€“ and I will be fully known.
What remains when it is all stripped away is three things: Faith that the flawed world as we see it is not all that there is; Hope that the next generation will live in a better world; and Love to give us the strength and motivation to build it.
Pray for the Hebron family who were caught in the middle
when Israeli settlers invaded the houses on right and left of their home with
the collusion of the Israeli authorities this week. Although security forces eventually evacuated
them, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has said he will authorize the settlersâ€™
return. When settlers move next to
Palestinian homes, they often use violent harassment to make life unbearable to
their Palestinian neighbors to force them to leave.
January 31, 2016 Fourth Sunday in Epiphany
Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel. For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth. Psalm 71:4-5
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.
On 12 January, the National Day of Action to Stop Killer Drones, grandmother and drone resister Mary Anne Grady Flores learned that she will go back to jail for six months starting Tuesday, 19 January. Grady Flores served as an intern on the Palestine and Iraq teams and was part of Christian Peacemaker Teamâ€™s delegation campaign to stop the U.S. Navy bombing of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.
Grady Flores had been out on appeal of a lower court convicting her of violating an order of protection. Col. Evans of the Hancock Air National Guard Base 174th Attack Wing (in Syracuse, NY), sought the order to â€śprotectâ€ť him from nonviolent anti-drone activists. The court charged her with violating the order because she took pictures of eight Catholics protesting the US drone assassination program at Hancock on Ash Wednesday, 13 February 2013. Onondaga County Court Judge Miller upheld the lower court conviction. Of note is that a court acquitted all eight Catholic drone resisters because they went to uphold law, not break it.
The court and the Base have used orders of protection, typically given in domestic violence situations, in an attempt to deter protest and suppress free speech. Judge Miller also upheld a lower court ruling on the Hancock 17, seventeen nonviolent drone resisters who received orders of protection, jail time, and fines.