“If by ‘family values’ we mean valuing one kind of family over others, then we have misunderstood the radically welcoming teachings of Jesus. As followers of Jesus, we are called to build faith communities where our differences are embraced, where all families are valued.”
"When we let the gospel of God’s radical welcome redefine for us who and what is sacred, we begin to declare our collective belovedness in our behavior, in our language, and in our attitude. We begin to practice it with such intensity that it becomes central to how we see ourselves, and it begins to influence how people in the world around us see themselves."
So, as we—here today—talk about trash and climate change, we should probably be uncomfortable. And that’s because we realize that we must center the life and wellbeing of Earth before ourselves. We’re uncomfortable because we see our reflections tangibly in the images of landfills, oil spills, pipelines. We’re uncomfortable because we realize that we’re caught up in this stuff. That we’re, in part, to blame.