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Transforming Communities through Compassion, Mercy, Justice – Who Is My Neighbor? (7-15-2018)

Date: July 15, 2018 Speaker: Pastor Beth Ernest

Transforming Communities through Compassion, Mercy, Justice – Who Is My Neighbor? (7-15-2018)
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“Who is my neighbor?”  Pastor Beth began by telling us the story of actor and singer, Francois Clemmons, who appeared on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and found that Fred Rogers believed and lived his message–“everyone is deserving of love”—regardless of their circumstances.  During the Detroit race riots of 1968, Francois, an African-American, played a police officer, an uncomfortable role for the time.  In the scene Mr. Rogers invited Clemmons as the officer to share a kiddie pool soaking their feet.  Clemmons later said: “The icon Fred Rogers not only was showing my brown skin in the pool with his white skin as two friends, but as I got out of that pool, he was helping me dry my feet.”

Pastor Beth went on to use the text in Luke 10, the Good Samaritan, to help us see who our neighbor is, and that the Samaritan’s actions were an  extraordinary demonstration of loving one’s neighbor, whomever and wherever we might meet them.



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