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“This past Sunday, I preached a sermon called, “What I’m Learning from Donald Trump.” Before the election, I’d love to preach a sermon called, “What I’m Learning from Hillary Clinton,” because she, like Trump, is teaching me a great deal about the world, my faith, and how I wish to embody my deepest values. The sermon on Sunday wasn’t an endorsement of either candidate for president; rather, I was exploring ways to make sense of the political climate we find ourselves in and how we might respond.
“The larger point, of course, is that anyone, even those we least expect, can be our teachers. And it makes me wonder: who are your teachers right now and what are you learning from them? What are those around you learning from your words and actions? Who and what are you teaching?
“Children can be our teachers. Our parents – living or dead – can be our teachers. Our fears can be our teachers. The racial justice learning we’re engaging in as a church can be our teacher. Fellow congregants and strangers can be our teachers. If our hearts are open, we can find teachers everywhere.
“In this season of your life, whatever that season is, I’d love to hear who your teachers are and what you’re learning from them.
I’ll see you in church,
Rev. Justin Schroeder