“With all my heart I glorify the Lord!
In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.
He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant.
Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored
because the mighty one has done great things for me.
Holy is his name.
He shows mercy to everyone,
from one generation to the next,
who honors him as God.
He has shown strength with his arm.
He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations.
He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones
and lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty-handed.
He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
remembering his mercy,
just as he promised…
(Luke 1:46-55, CEB)
I have been reading the Magnificat this Advent season.
It is nearly impossible to be passive consumers of this good word. Mary’s song draws us in. As we read or hear it, we are invited into a holy story of grand reversal, turning an upside down world right side up again.
Mary’s revolutionary song reminds us that we are co-conspirators with God, for the sake of love and justice.
The work of the Council is profoundly counter-cultural. Immersed in a culture of division, we work toward unity and reconciliation. Since our origins, we have been about attending to those at the edges of society. As the vulnerable among us have their needs ignored or are openly attacked, we work for justice and healing. We equip advocates to think and respond faithfully to child poverty, racial injustice, immigration, and other critical issues facing the church and our world. We offer leaders tools that support vital & vibrant ministry. We believe in the renewal of the church.
In our time, a commitment to praying and working together for unity and renewal, healing and reconciliation, is revolutionary!
We are a community of churches. Friends. Colleagues. Kin. People and organizations that believe in coming together to address problems none of us can solve alone. In ways large and small, your participation helps transform the conversation in this state toward greater justice and mercy.
Peace & blessings,
Rev. Kerri Parker, Executive Director
Wisconsin Council of Churches