Blog Post: Where is hope?
Where is hope? Hope lies in the heart of our outrage - outrage at abuse, outrage at injustice, outrage at the silencing and denial of the fundamental dignity of fellow human beings. Hope lies in bringing our sacred outrage to prayer - not in search of balm for the soul only, but in search for God's guidance in turning that holy outrage into action - actions that uphold the sufferers, challenge abusers and overturn systemic oppression.
Hope lies in the heart of the pain we feel, the tears we shed, and the angst of our hearts for they erupt from our rootedness in soulful awareness that the world is terribly out of sync with what God created it to be. Hope lies in bringing our sacred agony to prayer for God's guidance on how to bear witness to our suffering.
John's Gospel proclaims that the light of Christ shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. Christ's betrayal, crucifixion and resurrection proclaims God's ability to conquer suffering, transforming death into new life. We are a resurrection faith.
This is the hope to cling to. These are the prayers to lift.
Even in our darkest hour God is present working in us far more than we could ever ask or imagine.
May we all be filled and empowered with the healing and transformative power of God's love that we go forth bearing the light of truth in the face of abusive power.
The Rev. Katie Cadigan, Associate Rector
The Rev. Katie Cadigan joined St. A’s in the fall of 2014, after receiving her Masters in Divinity from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, where she also received a diploma from Yale Divinity School’s Institute of Sacred Music, Worship and the Arts (ISM). She is most passionate about nurturing spiritual growth so that all of our lives become conformed to Christ’s - lives filled with God’s love, peace and radical justice, and lives dedicated to bringing that love, peace and radical justice to the world.
Katie is also an award-winning documentary film producer and director who founded and ran the independent production company, imageReal Pictures for over 15 years, a company devoted to creating social justice media that illuminated hidden corners of human existence. Her work was been supported by leading funders such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the California Council for the Humanities, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and the National Endowment for the Arts. Katie’s most prominent credits include People Say I’m Crazy (HBO) produced with Academy Award winner Ira Wohl, profiling her brother’s agonizing battle with schizophrenia from his first psychotic break into recovery. More recently, When Medicine Got it Wrong (PBS), a co-production with KQED San Francisco, told the story of 1970’s-era parents rebelling against being blamed for causing mental illness and launching a grassroots movement that changed psychiatry forever.
Katie also taught documentary film production for undergraduates and graduates at Stanford University after she received an M.A. in Communication from Stanford's documentary film program. Her passion for media and communication was formed doing public relations for high technology firms, primarily Apple Computer, after finishing her undergraduate degree at Brown University. She lives by the beach in Marina del Rey with her husband of over 25 years, Mark Vickers.
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