Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Meaning of Resurrection

"This is the Easter message, that awakening is possible, to the goodness of God, the sacredness of human life, the sisterhood and brotherhood of all." - Anne Lamott

"I got sober, against all odds, and then I started hanging out with people who were trying to get sober too, and over time I got to watch a number of the walking dead come back to life - as I came back to life. So I believe in the basic Christian message: that life happens, death happens, and then new life happens. I believe in resurrection." - Anne Lamott

"Jesus' life did not end with the suffering he underwent. He lives on in the community of resurrection, making life possible again and again. He is present even now amoung us through our remembering of him and our being re-membered through him." - Flora Keshgegian

"The resurrection witness is to the power of life that cannot be defeated. Even death is not able to stop the living. The power of life is manifest in the Resurrected One who lives in the community that witnesses to Christ and life itself...The miracle of resurrection is recognized each time someone rises from death to defeat terror, to take a breath and utter a cry. To remember the ressurection is to affirm human resistance and resilience and agency." - Flora Keshgegian

"Resurrection is the power of God to overcome evil, to bring hope to otherwise hopeless situations, to make creative transformation possible no matter what." - Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki

"The resurrection of Jesus is like a great shout telling us that no evil is greater than God, or can overcome God's power of resurrection." - Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki

"The resurrection is God's 'no' - and battered women's 'no' - to violence in the world." - Marjorie Proctor-Smith

"Resurrection is a resource for the ongoing activity of God in human actions which work to correct and end human violence and injustice, and bring about communities of peace and justice with bread and life for all." - Marjorie Proctor-Smith

"My faith is a powerful weapon in this battle against depression...We confess that Jesus descended into hell before rising from the dead." - Jami Hawkins

"My prayer is that people...now more 'enlightened' about depression...won’t flee from those who like Lazarus and like me come stumbling out of their tombs of darkness in hope of new life." - Jami Hawkins

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