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I am a retired attorney and Episcopal priest living in New Hampshire. For several years I have posted reflections on three year cycle of Revised Common Lectionary readings under the title “Sermon Starts.”

But I find the RCL (like its predecessors) to be problematically limited. It cuts and pastes the Bible so that the Sunday church-goer hears less than 4% of the Hebrew Bible, about 58% of the gospels and 25% of the epistles. The purpose of all that editting is to tell one particular story about God’s activity in the world.

There are other stories. Same God, presumably, but new scriptures.

Becoming Anti-Racist is based on books by African-American authors and their allies on the subjects of black history, systemic racism and white supremacy. I will try to offer short, constructive reflections: putting these new scriptures, and maybe the RCL, together with the news of the day to understand what it means and how we — as people of faith — can respond.

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"Becoming Anti-Racist" is the camino-inspired section of SermonStarts. I am reading books by African-American authors and their allies and offering short reflections: putting these new scriptures, and maybe the RCL, together with the news of the day.

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Lily DeYoung

Retired attorney and Episcopal priest, writing from NH.