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Defiant Hope

Rev. Dr. Jim Antal
Sun, Apr 30

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The Reverend Dr. Jim Antal serves the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ as the Conference Minister and President. Antal’s leadership in the areas of the environment and climate change is noteworthy. Most recently, he authored the resolution to divest from fossil fuel companies. When the UCC’s Synod passed it in July 2013, this became a new UCC first. He has also engaged the spiritual discipline of civil disobedience numerous times, most recently at the White House to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.

 
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by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.