Day 35 – Rev. David Bigsby

Rev. David Bigsby, Pastor, Upper Room Ministries Missionary Baptist Church, Glenwood, IL; Chair, Gamaliel Council of Presidents; Member, Gamaliel Board of Directors

 

We face difficult decisions daily.  In the sacred scripture below, we find guidance for our conduct. In the midst of this storm, it becomes crystal clear that our actions must be (just) right, measured, and moral.  Our conduct is under scrutiny; therefore, what we do must mirror our rhetoric.  Further, mercy is required because we are the beneficiaries of mercy.  Finally, humility is necessary to prevent the possibility of self righteousness.  Never should we become a reflection of the enemy.  We must overcome evil with good.

 

Question for Reflection

What are the boundaries of our moral compass?

 

Sacred Text

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?  

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. 

Micah 6:8

 

The Common Prayer on Our Journey

Source of all being, Sacred mystery, you are the wellspring of justice. Weaver of the warp and weft of history, weave our lives into the fabric of your will. Guide us towards the Beloved Community. Forgive us when we have failed to give shape to the Beloved Community in our communities and in our lives.

All around us the ugly onslaughts of white nationalism, hate crimes, and systemic racism devastate your people, divide us, and threaten our democracy. All around us the wicked strut, and in high places are those who encourage the basest of attitudes and actions. Grant us wisdom and courage to confront these evils with the power of love and truth. Free us from timidity and equivocation. Help us to be bold in thought and action. May our lives and our faith communities model the change we hope to see in the world.

As we approach the November elections, keep us mindful that the right to vote is a sacred trust won by beatings, by imprisonments, by blood, by the relentless struggles of many who came before us. Help us to honor that legacy. May we vote our conscience and encourage others to do the same.

Heal our nation. Heal our hearts. Heal our nation. Amen.

Gamaliel National Religious Leaders’ Caucus invites you to 40 Days of Reflection on Our Journey to the Polls

Few national elections have had similar consequences as the November Election in 2020. Our nation stands in crisis and at a significant crossroad. The Gamaliel Network, an interfaith coalition of persons of faith who stand and act together for justice and equality, pledges to undergird the 40 days leading up to the election with prayer and reflection.

We urge you to use the Common Prayer below every day. On each day, we have asked a faith leader, from different traditions, to offer a reflection on the Common Prayer at this Moment of American Crossroads. We urge you to begin this prayer preparation with a day of fasting on Sept. 24,(or a similar expression of spiritual preparation), and then to engage in prayer at a time of your choosing each day, to prepare yourself, your friends and neighbors, and our nation, for this election.

The Gamaliel Religious Leaders Table has written a “Theological Statement on Hate Crimes and White Nationalism.” a faith statement on “White Nationalism.” The link to this statement is: https://gamaliel.org/our-work/religious-leaders-caucus/gnrlc-a-faithful-response-to-hate-crimes-and-white-nationalism/
Each reflection will include the leader’s personal reflection, questions for contemplation, and a suggested scriptural text from their tradition.

The Gamaliel National Religious Leaders’ Steering Committee

40 Days of Prayer and Reflection Ends with Time of Post-Election Prayer, Processing – and Planning

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Day 40 – Rabbi Doug Alpert

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Day 39 – David Liners

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Day 38 – Rev. Marian Boyle-Rohloff

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Day 37 – Rev. H. J. Coleman, Jr.

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Day 36 – Rev. Cynthia Owen Jarrold

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Day 35 – Rev. David Bigsby

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Day 34 – Sr. Carol Johannes

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Day 33 – Rev. David Carl Olson

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Day 32 – Dr. Stephen D. Jones

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Day 31 – Rev. Dr. Ray Pickett

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Day 30 – Reirin Gumbel

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Day 29 – Rev. Charles Baugh

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Day 28 – Janan Najeeb

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Day 27 – Anahkwet (Guy Reiter)

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Day 26 – Ben Ramirez

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Day 25 – Rev. Tex Sample

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Day 24 – Rev. Dr. Heather Entrekin

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Day 23 – Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie

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Day 22 – Imam Christopher Caras

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Day 21 – Associate Elder Dorla Coleman Bonner

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Day 20 – Rev. David Gerth

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Day 19 – Sister Cheryl Liske

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Day 18 – Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin

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Day 17 – Rabbi Simone Schicker

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Day 16 – Bishop J. Drew Sheard

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Day 15 – Mary Gonzales

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Day 14 – Pardeep Kaleka

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Day 13 – Rev. Charles H. Coleman, Sr.

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Day 12 – Pastor Mary Martha Kannass

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Day 11 – Fr. Frederick Thelen

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Day 10 – Rev. B. De Neice Welch

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Day 9 – Rev. Dennis Jacobsen

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Day 8 – Sr. Anneliese Sinnott

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Day 7 – Rev. Dr. Vincent Kolb

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Day 6 – Dr. Stacy L. Spencer

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Day 5 – Rev. Marilyn Miller

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Day 4 – Fr. Rudolph (Rudy) Juarez

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Day 3 – Rev. Susan Engh

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Day 2 – Rabbi David B. Cohen

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