The writings of author, therapist, and priest Robert Warren Cromey.
- Name: RWC
- Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
People thrust into our minds these days are IMMIGRANTS. The President is waging war on illegal immigrants, insinuating all of them are criminals, drug abusers and cheats. The immorality of classifying one group of people by the bad behavior of a few is screamingly clear.
The fact that Republicans have repeatedly cut funding for the immigration service in the US. It has been easy for many determined people get into the United States or remain here because enforcement of laws again illegals has been sporadic. This crackdown is cruel because many children born of parents who are illegal immigrants face deportation even though they have never lived anywhere but in the United States.
A member of our parish, who is gay, was beaten almost to death in Honduras. If he is deported he faces certain rank discrimination, perhaps death on his return.
Daniella is an illegal. She fears deportation back to El Salvador and she and her daughter Lily face mob rule and sexual abuse at the hands of gangs roaming that country. US President Ronald Reagan spent years and money destabilizing that country as they had a communist leaning regime.
Many have pointed out that the agriculture industry in California and in many Border States depend on immigrant labor to accomplish harvests.
When the father in a family is deported, his wife and children remaining have no source of income and will have to go on welfare. Such cases have already been reported in the media.
Statistics indicate the flow of Mexicans into the United Sates has decreased. The flow of Mexicans going back to Mexico has increased. Our elected Republicans leaders pay no attention.
It appears that our leaders play on the prejudices and fears of the few in order to exert power over the poor and disenfranchised. Leaders want to win elections and make money by harping on popular issues, which are unconstitutional and unjust.
I hope the American Civil Liberties Union and other rights organizations fight these matters in the courts to the fullest extent possible.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
LET'S NOT ALL GET NUTS
I call for restraint and moving away from fear and anxiety about the President’s boorishness. I feel calm and confident that the Constitution, congress and the courts and even the military will keep DT under control. I’ll admit an undercurrent in myself of worry. But is not where close to the apprehensions of Monika, Michael and Ann.
I am not happy with the name calling and trashing of DT on Facebook and the cartoons in the SF Chronicle. After all we Christians start with the notion that he is a human being, deeply flawed as we all are. His worship of money, power, and greed are deeply sinful. His attacking the media, the courts and individual critics is stupid and discourteous. He does not treat others, as he would like to be treated.
Monday, February 06, 2017
SALT PEOPLE - TRANSGENDER
THE SALT PEOPLE
You are the salt of the earth. You give flavor, richness and vitality to the whole of life.
Can you imagine an Indian meal without salt? A Chinese or Mexican meal without salt? Bland and Boring.
The people who are the salt of the earth are the creative, tasty, marching to a different drummer, the unusual and risk taker.
Jesus is telling his followers the go beyond the law, to the deeper meaning of the law, to fulfill the law.
What does he mean fulfill the law?
The Salt March:
The British ruled India for many years. They had put a tax on salt, which angered many residents of the country especially the poor. Mohandas Gandhi organized an act of non-violent civil disobedience to reclaim the salt from the British monopoly. 78 people began the march and intended to march 240 miles protesting the salt tax. The march sparked millions of Indians to protest the salt laws. Gandhi was arrested by the British. This produced worldwide news coverage. 85,000 Indians were arrested during the civil disobedience protesting the salt tax. This march sparked even more India’s desire to be free of the British. It also inspired Martin Luther King, Jr. during the movement for civil rights in this country.
Jesus reminds us of who are the salt people.
Our job is to savor our friends, families, work places and the country with love, gentleness, forgiveness and powerful work against injustice.
Alice came to Trinity Church with a son who called Alice Dad.
Alice a former reporter for the NY Times was born a male. He later made the transition to become a woman. While a male he married and had children.
Alice changed her his hair, clothes and had a surgical sex change. He is a brave person and has lived to see the day when sex transitions are openly talked about.
Our transgender neighbors are some more salt to make our city and society interesting, exciting and creative.
Transition is a move toward wholeness
We help others be the salt of the earth.
Many of us will show our salt when we confront being a sanctuary church and city. We may use non-violent civil disobedience to protect, feed and house our neighbors who are on the run from our stupid immigration rules.
This is the work of God the Holy Spirit working in our lives. We are not alone. We are IN-SPIRED to do the work of God
in our lives.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
ACLU- watchdog of rights
If Trump’s proposals shatter core American values of equality, religious freedom and a commitment to the rule of law, pluralism and democracy, he’ll have to get past us. Thus says the American Civil Liberties Union. I agree with the ACLU and am a member and contributor. I hope you will join and support them too. (ACLU.com)
Sunday, January 08, 2017
EPIPHANY AND TRUMP
The Epiphany 2017
I read in the newspaper that Christmas sales were up again this year. Or were they down. I forget.
Why do we have the shopping frenzy to buy gifts and presents? Well, you can blame it all on the Three Kings. They brought gifts to the holy family and now we give gifts to our beloved families, friends and even to our rotten relatives.
We have just heard the ancient story of the three kings who travelled many miles through the desert to visit Jesus, Mary and Joseph. They were following a star. The kings brought Jesus gifts, Gold, Frankincense and myrrh.
They were not Jews. They were Gentiles. The writer of Matthew wanted to tell his readers that the Jesus was not just for the Jews but also for all people.
St. Matthew showed us that the message of Jesus was for all people.
What was the message of Jesus? Shall I give you a quiz?
We are to be truly human. To be truly human is to love, forgive, care for the poor, the homeless, the sick and those facing injustice.
I want to tell you a story about another man who travelled afar in the desert.
In the 1960s TV show Branded, Chuck Connors plays a classic Western figure, Jason McCord--courageous, loyal, yet aloof and alone. In the first episode, he meets a dying man in the desert and saves his life by giving him water and even carrying him on his own horse--only to find himself held up at gunpoint at an oasis, as the duplicitous Colbee takes McCord's horse and leaves him to walk across the desert, very likely to die in the attempt. Colbeen explains that he has to do this because he has a wife and two daughters, and so he has to live--and to get to town in time for his daughter's birthday! McCord survives, and meets up with the Colbee family in town. A friend urges him to anger and confrontation. McCord really is angry, and he walks toward Colbee resolutely, as Colbee's two little daughters play around him with their hoops. McCord, looking at the family, then has a second thought; he turns around and walks away. As he does, he says over his shoulder, with a wry smile, "Happy Birthday, Janie."
Here is one way to handle anger and move to forgiveness, a basic teaching of Jesus.
Some members of this parish are happy that Donald Trump will be our new president.
Some of us are angry and upset that he is our president elect.
We are a community who call ourselves followers of Jesus.
We are on a life-long quest to learn how to forgive.
Creative Christians will move on, past our upsets, or our self-righteous glee, and into a new life.
We continue to insist:
That the people living in the tents outside our church have adequate housing.
That all people have adequate food to eat. We try through the Julian pantry.
That legal and illegal immigrants find justice and residency.
That all Americans have adequate medical care.
That there is continual witness for peace in the world.
I have noted over my many years that both Democrats and Republicans do not care much for these basic rights and needs.
We need to stop squawking about the election and get on with the gifts we have been given in following Jesus.