Holy God-

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I do not believe in substitutionary atonement. In my mind, it is anathema that you would require blood, sacrifice, or death to bring things into balance between the Divine Self and the Beloved Creation.

However, I could be wrong.

If I am wrong… if we are wrong… if so many have been wrong, and there exists a thirst and need for blood and pain and crushing humiliation,

When will it be enough?

I’m asking for a friend.

A black friend in white- perceived America.

A Syrian friend.

A Palestinian friend and an Israeli friend.

A First Nations friend.

A non-human friend.

Can it be done now?

Please.


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit.


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