Statement by Tri-Faith Initiative Board of Directors on Executive Order Regarding Terrorism and Immigration
On behalf of the Tri-Faith Initiative, we condemn President Trump’s executive order on immigration and its suspension of the refugee resettlement program. In addition to not being consistent with our American values, it is ineffective and potentially counterproductive to the stated goal of protecting the country while at the same time damaging to our international relationships.
The executive order is also inconsistent with Tri-Faith’s mission of building interfaith relations. We strive to promote dialogue, transcend differences, foster acceptance and build bridges of respect and trust between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Regardless of varying interpretations, the executive order will be perceived worldwide as a ban on Muslim refugees and detrimental to our country’s standing in the world.
Tri-Faith thanks those public officials who have spoken out on this ill-considered action and extends a special thank you to U.S. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska. We encourage all citizens to reach out to their elected officials via phone, email or letter to register their disapproval. Contact information for all members of Congress are can be found at www.house.govand www.senate.gov.
For those who live in the Omaha region, we encourage participation in a peaceful vigil to be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31 at Turner Park, 3101 Dodge Street, to show immigrants and refugees that we support and welcome them. Tri-Faith is a partner in organizing the vigil together with a consortium of non-profits involved with immigrant and refugee advocacy.
Come. Holy Spirit.
Replace the tension within us with a holy relaxation
Replace the turbulence within us with a sacred calm
Replace the anxiety within us with a quiet confidence.
Replace the fear within us with a strong faith.
Replace the bitterness within us with the sweetness of grace.
Replace the darkness within us with a gentle light.
Replace the coldness within us with a loving warmth.
Replace the night within us with Your day.
Replace the winter within us with Your spring.
Straighten our crookedness.
Fill our emptiness.
Dull the edge of our pride.
Sharpen the edge of our humility.
Light the fire of our love.
Quench the flames of our lust.
Let us see ourselves as YOU see us,
That we may see You as You have promised us –
And be healed according to Your word and Sacrament.
Matter is spiritual; it is the agent of creation and re-creation. In and through Christ’s baptism in the river Jordan, the nature of the waters is changed: the whole of creation is re-created, and humanity’s salvation is revealed.
St. John Chrysostom says: “We know that the water did not cleanse Him, the most holy and sinless One; but it was He who sanctified the water by deigning to be washed by it”
Christ’s physical body is the cause and means of our salvation. That’s why the Eucharist is a physical meal. We anoint with real oil. We immerse ourselves in the atoms that make up what we call water. These are not symbols. They are the material reality of a physical life in Christ.
The spiritual life, our salvation, does not consist of escaping from our bodies, but is the redemption, transfiguration and transformation of our bodies into a new glory. We are not trying to be “unclothed” in some spiritual escape from the body, but “further clothed”, meaning that we put on Christ as a glorious garment. This is the very reason Christ became incarnated and put on human flesh.
“Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).
(Cf. Fr. Corey)