Widows, Orphans and Aliens—the Political, Economic and Social Implications of the Biblical Version

Join Rev. Vernon Meyer, PhD on Wednesdays, August 5, 12 and 19 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Sun Lakes Chapel Center, 9230 Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes 85248.

This series will challenge preconceived ideas that the Bible is only for spiritual edification. This series will call for a political, social and economic revolution that overturns conventional wisdom and the current sentiment in the US that you give more to the rich and let the poor and marginalized fend for themselves. The Bible portrays God as having a “special place in his heart” for widows, orphans, and aliens. This is due to the fact that people who find themselves in these types of situations are particularly vulnerable to oppression, mistreatment, and abuse. So what are the implications of the biblical text for our political, economic and social commitments and obligations?

We will look at three texts over a period of three weeks. First with a view to what the texts tell us about ancient Israel and its world, and then with a view to challenges these texts present to our current realities of budgets, political alliances and social commitments. Our concern for and care of aliens, orphans, widows, the poor, the disadvantaged, the helpless, the disabled, etc., lies at the very heart of true Christianity.

Free will offerings will be accepted.

For more information call Pastor Vernon Meyer, Sun Lakes UCC, at 480-895-6317; e-mail [email protected]