Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Saint @ All Saints: Roy Bourgeois in the Rector's Forum

Courage, perseverance, and a life-long dedication to peacemaking combine in one of life’s recipes for fulfillment. Sunday we have a unique opportunity to learn firsthand from someone whose courageous convictions and awakened conscience have called thousands of people to stand for peacemaking and against war and torture. I want each of you to be exposed to the heart and mind of a living saint, Father Roy Bourgeois.

Here is a native of Louisiana who volunteered to fight in Vietnam as a Navy officer, who after being awarded the Purple Heart, dedicated the rest of his life as a peacemaker extraordinaire. He has spent over four year’s worth of nights in jail protesting war and torture.

After the rape and torture in El Salvador of four Roman Catholic nuns who were friends of his, the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the massacre of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in 1989, he learned that numerous leaders and killers responsible for the atrocities in Latin America had been trained at the School of the Americas in Ft Benning, Georgia. He has dedicated his life ever since to closing that school and bringing an end to torture.

Our life together at All Saints focuses on making sure that life for those who do not go to church here is better because of us who do go to church here. Come learn about the long-haul spirituality and courageous faith in action of someone who embodies the radical love of God for everyone. Bring friends and guests to the Rector’s Forum this Sunday, January 30 at 10:15 am. If you cannot join us at church, please watch the video stream live on Sunday morning.

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