The Unsettled Ashes of Lent

In an act of Ash Wednesday repentance, nearly 50 of our friends were arrested in front of the White House to keep pressure on the Obama administration and new Secretary of State John Kerry to “repent and turn away” from the Keystone XL and lead America into a low-carbon, non-fossil fuel future.

Earlier Wednesday morning, I joined about a dozen others at an Ash Wednesday service outside the U.S. Capitol with undocumented DREAMers and allies who were preparing to testify at the Senate hearings on immigration reform. With fasting and prayer, we asked God to drive out the demons of dehumanization that thrive under our current broken legal structure.

May the ashes never settle. Stir us up, O Lord, with the fire of your Holy Spirit.

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