On April 18, Good Friday, I will gather with others at the main gate of Beale Air Force Base at 3 p.m. for a prayer service and demonstration against drone warfare. Kathy Kelly, an internationally recognized peace activist, will join us there.
Why Beale? Because Beale is home of the Global Hawk Drone, a surveillance drone that assists in finding targets for unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones.” U.S. drones have killed thousands of people, many of them civilians, including children.
Why on Good Friday? Because on the day set aside to commemorate Jesus’ death some of us choose to stand in solidarity with those who are being “crucified” today, to demonstrate opposition to the worldly Powers that inflict suffering and death, and to witness to our hope that divine Love will carry us through this present darkness to a new dawn of justice, compassion, and peace.
Good Friday is not just a day to remember and mourn the death of Jesus, which happened so long ago, but to lament the many ways that the crucifixion is ongoing. In the words of Dorothee Solle, “In the mist of reality stands the cross.”
I encourage you to join us at Beale or at some other venue that represents today’s system of domination, to “take sides” with the victims of violence and oppression, to challenge the ruling Powers as Jesus did, and to bear witness to the hope of resurrection. Another world is possible.
Find out more about plans for Good Friday at Beale here.
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