Interview on NewsTalk 98.7 WOKI

Delivered By
Rev. Dr. Kristen Burkhart
Delivered On
June 3, 2020
Calming Fear, Leaders, Current Events

Rev. Dr. Kristen Burkhart Notes and References 
From the Radio Interview 98.7 NewsTalk with Eric Cain 
June 3, 2020 

Galatians 3:26 - “you are all children of God” 

Peace in Troubled Times – In all three of the synoptic gospels Matthew 8:23-27 & Luke 8:22-25
Mark 4:35-41 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Jesus Stills a Storm
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

United Methodist Church Social Principles -
“We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the basic rights of all persons to equal access to housing, education, communication, employment, medical care, legal redress for grievances, and physical protection. We deplore acts of hate or violence against groups or persons based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, status, economic condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation.”
“…. we recognize racism as sin and affirm the ultimate and temporal worth of all persons. We rejoice in the gifts that particular ethnic histories and cultures bring to our total life. We commit as the Church to move beyond symbolic expressions and representative models that do not challenge unjust systems of power and access.”

Fear and Love – 
Matthew 22:36-40 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

    1 John 4:18 – New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.

Prayers for All Times – The Book of Psalms covers a gamut of life’s emotions. During Covid-19 one can look at the lamentation in the Psalms. Physically when we hurt we cry out in pain. Emotionally and religiously when we hurt we cry out in lament. The people of the world are lamenting loss of those from Covid-19 and the United States of America is lamenting over the hurt and pain of racism. 
Psalm 130
Waiting for Divine Redemption
A Song of Ascents.
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.

Psalm 6
Prayer for Recovery from Grave Illness
To the leader: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David
1 O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
    or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
    O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.
3 My soul also is struck with terror,
    while you, O Lord—how long?
4 Turn, O Lord, save my life;
    deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5 For in death there is no remembrance of you;
    in Sheol who can give you praise?
6 I am weary with my moaning;
    every night I flood my bed with tears;
    I drench my couch with my weeping.
7 My eyes waste away because of grief;
    they grow weak because of all my foes.
8 Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
    for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my supplication;
    the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror;
    they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.

The United Methodist Church Holston Conference Reopening Churches Plan

Book Recommendations
1.    Tears we cannot stop: A sermon to white America by Michael Eric Dyson 
2.    Dear Martin (A Novel) by Nic Stone 
3.    White Fragility by Robin Diangelo 
4.    Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD 
5.    Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (Recently release on Prime Video for free staring Michael B. Jordan)
6.    The Long Night: Readings and Stories to Help You through Depression by Jessica Kantrowitz