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An Easter Reflection

A Day for Forgiveness and Rebirth

The following is a reflection from Richard Stoeckl, an organizer with Faith in the Valley.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)

Easter is a significant holiday in the Christian faith, representing the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. For Christians, it is a time of reflection, forgiveness, and renewal of faith.

In my Christian faith tradition, Easter serves as a reminder of the transformative power of resurrection. It symbolizes the hope and possibility of bringing about positive change in the world. Just as Jesus overcame death and brought about new life, I am inspired to work towards building and bridging within marginalized communities throughout California.

This means organizing for economic justice, fair wages, and equitable access to opportunities for those who have been disenfranchised in society.

As a returning citizen having served 10 years of incarceration, Easter resonates with me on a deeply personal level. It is a time of rebirth and forgiveness.

Just as Jesus triumphed over death, I have experienced a rebirth of my own, as I reintegrate into society and strive to uplift my community.

Easter reminds me that my past does not define me, and I have the power to make a positive impact despite the challenges I have faced.

Within the context of my organizing, Easter also serves as a reminder of the importance of collective action and solidarity. Just as Jesus’ resurrection brought together a community of believers, I am reminded of the strength and power that can be achieved when individuals come together for a common purpose.

Easter encourages me to foster unity within my community, to build bridges, and to work towards a more just and inclusive society.

Easter holds deep significance for me in my Christian faith and in my work as a faith-based community organizer. It represents the hope, transformation, and renewal that I strive to bring to my community. It reminds me of the power of resurrection, both in a spiritual and personal sense.

Easter calls me to continue working towards building a moral economy in California and lifting up marginalized voices, knowing that through collective action and the power of faith, positive change is possible.

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