A: The name "Resistance" Bible Study was coined by Rev. Dr. Jim Burklo, author, blogger, leader of Center for Progressive Christianity and Senior Associate Dean of Religious Services at USC (plus a friend of Rev. Ruth Hamilton). Rev. Burklo writes:
Christianity is part of our country's problem.
But it is also part of the solution. Faithfully following Jesus' law of love inspires us to stand up for full LGBTQ equality, immigrant rights, women's rights, environmental protection, and robust social insurance and universal health coverage for all - especially for the most vulnerable of our fellow citizens. Studying the historical roots of the Bible, without super-naturalistic presumptions, primes us to promote scientific and social progress and fact-based, compassionate public policies.
Christianity suffuses American culture in profound ways. So the ways we interpret the Bible have serious political consequences. Here we'll look fearlessly and critically at both the Bible and the daily news, and prayerfully seek guidance for our activism to preserve our endangered freedoms.
We, the Resistance Bible Study class at Westminster, marched because the current administration and its supporters in Congress are a threat to our democracy and our values of justice. We are marching to be seen and heard. We are marching to remind our elected officials that they work for us. We are marching to show our resistance to the uncivil society promoted by this administration and to demand accountability. As Jesus resisted the injustice and intolerance of His time – our faith calls us to resist the injustice and intolerance of our time – today “Silence and inaction are complicity.”
The apostle Paul tells us we are transformed through the renewal of the mind (Rom 12.2). The mind is renewed by applying it to those things that will transform it.
The group is currently studying Dr. Ibram Kendi's book, How to Be Anti-Racist. They are also working on a special showing of "Just Mercy" along with a trip to Montgomery to see the Equal Justice Initiative Memorial and Legacy Museum. The group supports the Poor People's Campaign.
All are welcome!