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Advent Meditation: December 19

“Rebellions are built on hope.”

Yes, it’s a quote from “Rogue One” — the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise. But it could be a quote from Advent One — when we lit the first candle of Hope on the Advent Wreath: an icon of our ongoing rebellion against what the Prayer Book calls “the works of darkness.”

Whether it’s the story of the handful of plucky misfits leading the rebellion against Darth Vader and the Death Star in the latest episode of the Star Wars franchise or the story of the first century followers of Jesus who rebelled against the powers and principalities of their day hope is the cornerstone that built their rebellion. And it is what will build ours.

It is what we will use to fuel our sacred resistance to the systemic evils that oppress and marginalize any member of our human family – including but not limited to racism, sexism, nativism, homophobia, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Grounded in our baptismal promises, our resistance to public policies that perpetuate those evils is how we put our faith into action in the world.

Yesterday, dozens of All Saintsers joined hundreds of Angelenos taking both their hope and their rebellion to the streets in the “California: Fearless, United” March and Rally.

Click on the photo below to see the album of that faith in action. And remember: Rebellions are built on hope. Feel the hope. Build the rebellion. #SacredResistance

CA Fearless March & Rally

Susan Russell is the Senior Associate for Communication at All Saints Church in Pasadena.

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