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"Reciprocity"
 
Some recent reports seem to indicate that this virus will be a permanent part of our society, and we may be getting the Covid vaccine annually. This may mean we will have to wear masks for many more years to come.
 
The greatest opposition to any public safety actions such as wearing masks, social distancing, and avoiding dangerous large group gatherings all came from church groups.  It left me asking what may be at the source of the problem.

At the foundation of the problem is an absence of the theology of reciprocity in the US's conservative Christianity. One of the tenets of Progressive Christianity is the concept of reciprocity.

The theology of reciprocity states that we love because we have been loved. We accept all people because when we were unacceptable, God accepted us. When we did not feel that we belonged anywhere, God called us Children of God and invited us to be a part of God's eternal family.

Our relationships with others are based on the idea that God has given us all that we need so that we can be generous to others. God has given us life, so we can also work to give other people life. Because God has been compassionate, we too are to be compassionate to others.

Furthermore, this means we do not live for our personal gain, but our theology is one of emptying ourselves for the sake of others. Scripture says that Jesus emptied himself for us knowing that upon his return to heaven, God will restore all that he had given up. In the same way, we can live our lives caring for people and their needs believing that God will take care of us.

Because we believe in God, we do not have to worry about giving up a little of convenience and wear a mask. Even though we want to meet together, we can forgo meeting together in person for a short while for the sake of everyone's safety. Although we want to go back to life as we have known before, we look for the spirit of God amid the pandemic.

This Sunday, we will have Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, a long-time friend of United University Church and a friend I respect dearly preaching for us.

Pastor Sunny

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81499109163

Meeting ID: 814 9910 9163
Passcode: 123456

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82246866452
Meeting ID: 822-4686-6452

                                             PRAYER REQUESTS & THANKS

Please pray for Pastor Sunny who has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and has to monitor his blood glucose to make sure that it doesn't run high. 

Jose has tested positive for Covid-19. He had a fever, was hospitalized, and had difficulty breathing but he has been given antibiotics for pneumonia. Although he no longer has a fever and just a cough, he's still considered in the danger zone so please keep him in your prayers.

Prayers for Marcia who did well this week and her quarantine is ending soon.

John's daughter's husband's grandmother contracted  Covid-19 after going to the hospital for a simple procedure. This also puts her husband who accompanied her to the hospital at risk. John requests that you keep them in your prayers. He also requested prayers for his mother-in-law who isn't doing well in St. Petersberg due to her declining health.  

Sonia requests prayers for Michelle's father. He has one more round of chemo and doctors are hoping that treatment of radiation may help him so that he won't have to get surgery.  

Prayers for Rev. Shin Hwa who requested prayers for the Biden administration and prayers of peace for all people. She also has a prayer of thanks for her sister who came to visit for a month and assisted her which has allowed their mother to recover. 

Andrea has a prayer of thanksgiving for her mother got the first round of shots for the vaccine.

Prayer of thanks for Tracey, April, and her family have tested negative for Covid-19. 

Pray for Wassim who's currently serving as the church's security guard and also has health concerns.
Our on-campus ministry resumes its online meetings on Monday, January 25 at 5 pm. 
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