I Am Because You Are

Sunday, February 5, 2017

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC February 5, 2017, the fifth Sunday after Epiphany.

Texts: Psalm 100; Acts 2:42-47


“It’s easy to put people in boxes. There’s ‘us’ and there’s ‘them’…”  These words open a video[i] that came across my social media early last week.  As the voiceover continues to describe all the ways we separate ourselves from others, you see groups of categorized people enter and take their place in boxes marked on the floor with white tape.  Once all the boxes are filled, a facilitator says he is going to ask everyone questions and to please respond honestly.  Everyone looks distrustful and nervous.  The first question is, “Who here was the class clown?”  The sense of relief is palpable.  People begin to sheepishly move out of their boxes and come to stand together at the front.  After everyone is back in their box, other questions follow, wi [...]