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Rector's Reflection for June 27, 2013

posted Jun 29, 2013, 7:29 PM by Terry Brady

Inspire us to break down all oppression and wrong, to gain for everyone their own due reward, and from everyone their due service, that each may live for all, and all may live for each, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  

(William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1881-1944)


A friend of mine just posted her status this way: "So happy for my people and so sad for my people. The past few days have been a roller coaster."  Her words expressed my feelings exactly.  


I have had a hard enough time making sense of the combination of decisions the Supreme Court handed down this week. When I tried to explain to my daughter what the Court does, and what this past week's decisions mean for our country, she shared my vexation, sagely asking why the Court would decide that it was ok to make voting harder for minorities.  


I explained that the majority of the justice's thought that states could decide who got to vote, and that they didn't seem to think that racial discrimination was a problem anymore in the United States.


She thought a minute and asked, "Then why was Cheerios getting hate mail for the commercial with the White mom and Black dad?"


Later, that same evening as we were watching "My Cat From Hell," two women were talking about their marriage plans and their hellish cat. "Oh they're getting married!" my girl said excitedly. "It's good to see gay people getting married on TV, isn't it?"  


She thought about it a minute more then said, "You know Mom, maybe we just need to see more women marrying women, and men marrying men, and Black people marrying White people. Or even Chinese people! Then it won't be weird anymore."


I am so happy for my daughter (and my sons) and so sad for my daughter (and my sons).