“So now that we’ve marched, what’s next?” by The Rev. Kaji Douša

So now that we’ve marched, what’s next? A lot of us came and showed up. We stood up. In Washington DC, in New York City, all over the country, all over the world. In over 370 cities, we stood up for women. Now what?

I would propose a few things. One, go back home now. Go back to your neighborhood and figure out the one thing that you can do. And decide on it. And then go after it. So maybe there’s a parent organization that you can join at your children’s school. Maybe there’s something, like you need some sidewalks fixed in your neighborhood. Maybe you need to hold people accountable to the promises they’ve made before they’ve been elected. Whatever it is that your feeling like you should do, go ahead and start on it even if it’s small. Because the way that we really stand up is that we get active. We saw people coming to be activists – for the first time for some. And instead of being upset that they weren’t there before, what I would suggest is that we celebrate. We bring them to the party and we keep celebrating.

The spirit was alive yesterday, so we can’t let that spirit die. I borrow language from the prophet Isaiah, who says, “Listen up. God has chosen you. God has chosen you for a purpose. And that you are an arrow in God’s quiver.” A “quiver” is a thing that holds arrows. So, you are an arrow in God’s quiver. And God is going to pull you up right now, and shoot you off to a target. Find your target and pierce through.

See Pastor Kaji’s full sermon here: http://www.parkavenuechristian.com/the-quiver-by-the-rev-kaji-dousa-sunday-january-22/

 

“The Quiver,” by The Rev. Kaji Douša, Sunday, January 22

Just a week after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday celebration, I have heard many people articulate a particular problem we find ourselves in today as a crisis of leadership. Many of us yearn for a leader who can rally enough people and can then tell them what to do. We think we want another King who will be the symbol and voice we need for more clarity about what to do…

I would submit that this powerful passage from Isaiah presents a different model.

Take a look at it. Write it on your heart. This passage is for you. It is for all of us right now and it has never been more relevant.

“…The Lord called me before I was born,
while I was in my mother’s womb God named me.
God made my mouth like a sharp sword,
in the shadow of God’s hand God hid me;
God made me a polished arrow,
in God’s quiver God hid me away.”

There are gifts to the imagery Isaiah gives us here.

You are the polished arrow.

You are the arrow in God’s quiver.

God is holding you, holding you to release you for God’s purpose.

Excerpts from Pastor Kaji’s blog: http://soundthebells.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-quiver.html

Free Tickets for the new segment “Faithful Fridays” on the Dr. Oz Show

January 27, 3:00 pm

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To obtain free tickets, go to www.doctoroz.com/tickets and select January 27 at 3:00 pm on the calendar. Fill out the form in entirety and press submit. Where it says ‘Special Offer Code,’ enter PARK AVE CHRIST.  For help contact Stephanie at 212-259-1575. Deadline is Sunday, January 22. Once you fill out the online form you can expect to receive an email confirmation with all the reservation details (including location, time frame, dress code, etc). Please note, these tickets are free and on a first come-first served basis.

This Sunday: “The Gathering: Spiritual Conversations to Engage, Activate & Nurture Your Call of Activism”

January 22, after worship

Led by Klay S. Williams, The Gathering is a group of awakened activists, visionaries and burgeoning community leaders interested in creating spiritual pathways to develop/nourish one’s purpose, build community and discovery of wellness practices to live an empowered life.

We’ll meet at The Park after worship service on these dates and then walk together to The Manse.

Future Dates: February 5, 12, 19 and March 5, 12 and 19, after worship

Klay S. Williams is an author, holistic lifestyle expert and media personality specializing in holistic personal and professional development. Klay has created a lifestyle-consulting firm, Plan A Enterprises, LLC that is a one-stop-shop for the entire person. Whether he is leading a conversation on spiritual progression of the self, supporting clients with closing the gap between their past and present or having a full service image/wellness conversation, it all points towards living what Klay calls, one’s “Plan A”.  He is the author of There Is Only Plan A— A Journey Toward Self- Discovery and Renewed Purpose and 365 Plan A Nightly Meditations.  A graduate of Kalamazoo College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion with a double minor in Economics and Business, he also holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.   Klay has appeared/partnered with a host of media platforms, including but not limited to: Fox 5 NY, fyi, NPR, iHeart Radio, Lululemon and ABC.   For more information on Klay, visit: KlaySWilliams.com

#WomensMarch: Suggested Social Media Captions!

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I’ll be at the @womensmarch on January 21 because women’s rights are human rights. We fight for equity. #WomensMarch

When women rise, the nation rises. Join me Jan 21 at the @womensmarch. #WomensMarch

The Rise Of The Woman = The Rise Of The Nation. Join me and @womensmarch on Jan. 21. #WomensMarch #WhyIMarch

Women’s March on Washington. Unite. Resist. Reclaim. Jan 21st. @womensmarch #WomensMarch

Women’s March on Washington. Together. We Rise. Jan 21. @womensmarch #WomensMarch #WhyIMarch

“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.” – Coretta Scott King @womensmarch #January21 #WomensMarch #WhyIMarch

We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. Join us Jan 21. @womensmarch #WomensMarch #WhyIMarch

We call on all defenders of human rights to join us on Jan 21! @womensmarch #WomensMarch #WhyIMarch

We send a bold message to our new govt on their 1st day. Women’s rights are human rights. @womensmarch #WomensMarch

We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us. @womensmarch #WomensMarch #January21

We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. Join the movement! @womensmarch #WomensMarch

We practice empathy with the intent to learn about the intersecting identities of each other. Join us on January 21st at the @womensmarch

Unity. Protection. Power. Progress. WOMEN RISE UP. Join us at the @womensmarch on Jan 21.
#WomensMarch

Women’s March on New York City: LET’S MARCH!!!

Join us this Saturday, January 21, 2017, for the Women’s March on New York City, a chance for us to remind our government that we expect the rights of ALL individuals to be upheld, to show everyone that real POWER lies with the PEOPLE, and to EMPOWER us all to stand up for our beliefs and our rights.

Our group will step off at about 12:45 so we will gather at 12:15 at the Northwest corner of 47th St and 2nd Ave.

Please come join us!!  We would love to march with you in this peaceful demonstration of our rights.

For more information or to let us know to look for you the day of the event please contact Margie Watrobski (Pastoral Associate at The Park) at mwatrobski@parkavenuechistian.com.

January 22 Sunday Preview, from The Rev. Kaji Douša


Dear Church:

I hear a refrain this week that won’t leave me:

The world is about to turn. 

Many exclaim this as we look, with real and valid trepidation on a brave, new world many of us did not know was coming. That fear could drive our choices and push us into despair.

Here’s my call: let us grieve. And then, let’s get moving.

The world is about to turn. This could be a cry of fear. Or we could realize that we have a faith and forebears in it that teaches us just what to do in such a time as this.

In 1990, Rory Cooney published a hymn called The Canticle of the Turning. The lyrics feel like an anthem for us in this new day (the second and third verse are below).

Though I am small, my God, my all, you
work great things in me,
And your mercy will last from the

depths of the past to the end of the age to be. Your
very name puts the proud to shame, and to
those who would for you yearn,
You will show your might, put the

strong to flight, for the world is about to turn.
My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the
fires of your justice burn. Wipe away all tears, for the
dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn!

From the halls of power to the fortress tower, not a
stone will be left on stone. Let the king beware for your
justice tears ev’ry tyrant from his throne. The
hungry poor shall weep no more, for the
food they can never earn; There are tables spread, ev’ry
mouth be fed, for the world is about to turn.
My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the
fires of your justice burn. Wipe away all tears, for the
dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn! 

Cooney’s powerful hymn is actually a reinterpretation of the prophet Mary, mother of Jesus’ words in the Magnificat. Jesus would turn the world, point it back to God in a new and profound way.

Now, our prayer is that God turns this world again. Come join us to sing, pray and prepare ourselves for what God has in store for us.

Pax Christi,
Kaji