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Rest. What Rest?

What an odd summer. It is as if we need to look away—and yet we can’t quite because of all that is happening.

The news about the child separation. The news about the end of the ICE contract in our County and the following news that once again punishment might be heaped on those heads. The news about the increasingly disturbing role of our nation and the changing role of the courts.

For many of us, summer is a time of mandatory rest, when we recharge and renew. We can’t not rest and can’t completely rest with all this bad stuff happening to folks so we walk in the land of paradox. So glad I have found a few moments to nurture my spirit and that I have a chance to do my tiny part. My colleague Rev. Meg Riley says it well.

We continue to pay attention to the world as we pay attention to our spirits.

One way we will be paying attention is hosting an exciting benefit concert on July 29th. The money raised will help provide bail funds so that immigrants who have been languishing in our jails will not be randomly shipped across the nation.

Recently I was introduced to these creatures. Their eyeballs rotate independently. Perhaps we aspire to this as well! One eye on the world and one eye on the preservation and restoration of our own lives.

In faith, Leslie

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