021217 – Choose Life: Looking Back to Move Forward

Revisiting the stories of our past can shed light on our current situation. In our Scripture reading from Deuteronomy 30, the author looks back into his people’s founding story and finds guidance for the challenges facing his own generation. Taking the Deuteronomist’s example, Pastor Nancy examines a defining event in the history of Puyallup, Washington, the presence of Camp Harmony, an assembly center for WWII internment camps at the Western Washington Fairgrounds. What can we learn about the church’s actions (or inactions) in 1942 and how can that inform our faithful living today in the presence of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington?

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