By The Rev. Brendan Curran, Associate Minister at the Barrington Congregational Church UCC in Barrington, RI
In our current time, speaking out for justice and bearing witness might seem like daunting and overwhelming work, and yet we are called to declare justice boldly. We must speak. St. Paul’s words speak to the church today. Hearing St. Paul’s words we are reminded that as the Body of Christ in the world our legacy, our purpose, and our mission continues to be what he identifies as a holy struggle against oppressive rulers and authorities. We have nothing to fear. We have no reason to be afraid or shy or sheepish about speaking out for justice and struggling against the powers of the present darkness because in our ministry of living the love and justice of Jesus, we are dressed in the armor of God and protected by the sword of the spirit which is the word of God.
This piece is taken from the report given to the 212th Autumnal Meeting of the Rhode Island Conference.