Messages from Our Pastors

Messages from Our Pastors

Civil Rights Journey

By: Rev. Marisa Brown Ludwig

The Story of the Jesus Stained Glass Window: The children of Wales, UK raised the money to design and send this Black Jesus stained glass to 16th Street Baptist after the bombing of their church which killed four young girls in 1963 – they were afraid to install it because it might provoke more violence against them – it took 3 votes of the church to pass for installation. There are bullets and an arrow on their way to Jesus’s heart, and one hand turns out to protect against the outside world, and one turns inward to the church itself. The rainbow signifies God’s Covenant to us. At the bottom it says “You do it to me” – reference to Jesus telling the story of the sheep and the goats. “What you do to the least of these, you do it to me.” (Matt. 25:40)

Dear First Church Members and Friends,

Most of you know that I went on a Civil Rights journey this past April with five First Church members:  Marieke Burt, Dianne Doherty, Mary & Matt Friedman, and Anne Landry.  We traveled on a tour planned by Rabbi Mark Shapiro and led by Rabbi Devorah Jacobson with Jewish Community Center Exec.…