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Social Distance and Becoming Human


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Our shared humanity has always been a foundational biblical principle. However, dip your toes into a Twitter or Facebook sparring match (or war) involving friends, family, and fellow Christians and you may think the parable of the Good Samaritan has yet to be released by its publisher. The Covid-19 pandemic and a contentious election have further distanced and dehumanized the diverse family members of the human race, and even brothers and sisters within the church. The adage that familiarity breeds contempt is well-known but misleading. It is when we fail to see ourselves in others that we foster contempt for them. This breakout will explore the ways we distance ourselves from others, and how seeing the face of God and the power of the incarnation help to restore our own humanity and close the distance between ourselves and those we alienate.