Immigration Justice is not just an issue for Donald Trump! Harvest is the spiritual theme of the month in August. How much of the foods we eat are harvested by undocumented people? How fairly are the folks who harvest our food treated by the macro-economic and political systems in which we live? How can we bring immigration justice to all the people critical in putting food on our table?
Eating is essential to life. In our modern multi-national economies it has become increasingly difficult to live our ethical values. For example; how do we justify importing fruit from Chile, South America that require great amounts of fuel to transport, hence hurting the environment? How do we deal with pesticides and unhealthy agricultural growth hormones, let alone salt, sugar and fat? When and how can we embrace local and organic products? How can we reconnect with harvest and take care of our bodies?
Religious historian Karen Armstrong has said that in every one of the major faiths, compassion, the ability to feel with the other, “is not only the test of true religiosity, it is what will bring us into the presence of what Jews, Christians and Muslims call God or the divine.” So, how do we start leading a more compassionate life?
Sam Gugino has been a chef, restaurant critic, wine columnist, and author of four cookbooks. He has been a member of the Unitarian Society of Germantown since 2002, where he has served in a number of capacities including Chair of the Membership Committee, Founding Chair of the Stewardship Committee, and two terms as President of the Board of Trustees. Since his first sermon at USG in 2010 he has given over 30 sermons at 17 UU churches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
We owe a debt to our planet, our community, our families, our ancestors that we can never hope to repay. This unending debts is not a cause of sorrow, but rather a call to celebrate and a call to receive the many gifts of life and community as a harvest of grace.
I always thought I had been antiracist in practice, living as an adult in Germantown for over 20 years. The last ten years I have come a long way in my understanding of race and how it affects my children and how I have been complicit by not understanding my white privilege and biases. I will share my learnings so far on this incredible continuing journey.
Eli Scearce is a furniture maker and teacher at Germantown Friends School. Having attended countless hours of professional development work on anti-racism and White privilege she works at both GFS and USG to help create more multicultural and inclusive communities. She is also raising her two children with her wife, partner of more than 20 years.