Station 1 – Jesus is condemned to die by Pontius Pilate

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“Prevailing Voices”

Looking at this piece we stand in the position of judge, looking at Jesus, the migrant, being accused. We “hear” the voices of the crowd calling for death, despite Pilate’s and Herod’s assessments that Jesus has done nothing that would lead to a punishment of death.

We’ve posted here the account according to Luke. Other gospel accounts report that Pilate symbolically washed his hands in front of the crowd, telling them that he is not responsible for Jesus’ death.

The bloody water-filled bowl which is displayed in front of this piece represents the water that Pilate used to wash his hands, suggesting that his hands can never become clean of his actions. He is in fact responsible for what he has done.

Are we responsible for the judgments coming from the crowd?

Do we “wash our hands” of injustices by looking the other way?

How do the voices of injustice prevail in our society?

 

Grace Commons Community
Erin Toolis
Jeff Courter
Kristin Riegel
Jon Phillips
Virginia Braxton
Jim Braxton
Eric Binkley
Scott Long
Rob Clearfield
Nanette Sawyer

Scripture related to this station is included in the comments of this post.

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Station 8 – Jesus comforts the women of Jerusalem

Comforts the Women

Can you hear the women weeping?  Can you see the families fleeing?  Can you feel the pain of the children whose dreams have been interrupted?

When we allow such laws as Arizonia’s SB 1070, or Alabama’s HB 56 to pass we can hear the women weeping.
Women are afraid to send their children to school,
Women are afraid to get prenatal care,
Women are afraid to take their children to the doctor,
Women are afraid to seek help for domestic abuse.

Can you hear the women weeping?   Not everyone can, not everyone cares, but Jesus can hear the weeping, and Jesus cares.   Jesus comforts the women, men and children.

I hear the weeping when I walk the streets freely
I hear the weeping in my sleep
I hear the weeping when I close my eyes in prayer
I hear the weeping when I watch the news, and read the headlines about another hateful law passed.

How can we become informed citizens that are moved to action? 

How can we join in solidarity with immigrant families that are being singled out and abused by these unjust and violent laws? 

Will you help to bring comfort to the women or will you wait for someone else to do it?

 

Andrea Kirksey
First United Church of Oak Park
Collage on canvas board

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Station 9 – Jesus falls for the third time

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Dreams, Interrupted

We are the junior high Sunday school class from First United Church of Oak Park and we looked at immigration through the lens of the Dream Act.

By reading the life stories of four different young adults, we learned about their families, their countries of origin, their struggles and accomplishments.   All of them would be candidates for the Dream Act.

As we imagine going into high school soon, it is eye opening to think that someone we might graduate with could be affected. All that hard work and determination might mean nothing. That is sad.

Their fears of deportation keep them from enjoying many of the things that we take for granted, driving a car, traveling, spending time with friends, and being able to tell the truth about who they are. Their forced silence and having to live in the shadows is upsetting. Makes us sad and angry.

7th & 8th Grade Sunday School Class
First United Church, Oak Park

Rebecca
Kevin
Megan
Shura
Sean
Andrew
Katie
Tommy
Laurand
Michele
Amy
Fei-jian

With leaders Walter and Andrea,
And assistance from Monica J. Brown

Scripture associated with Jesus drawing near the end of his journey is found in the comments on this post.