Faith Voices: From the Rush of a Violent Wind – Rev. Nicole Lamarche

There is a story in the Christian tradition about how the Church began and it starts with the Divine, showing up with the “rush of a violent wind.” It is sudden and chaotic, confusion abounds- but out of it, what emerges, is something that before seemed impossible! Those who need to speak, speak in their own language and they are heard. Children and Elders are given the platform they deserve. The movement is centered around visions and dreams as they recall the poetry from the Hebrew Prophet Joel, “God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young people shall see visions, and your older ones shall dream dreams…”

Maybe the path to what now seems impossible requires us to go through something like the rush of a violent wind?

In the United States alone, over 100,000 human beings have died from COVID-19 and 40 million are unemployed. Our collective pandemic anxiety and our multiplying economic distress is fueled by the fire of institutionalized racism. Damage to property has been elevated above damage to human hearts and human lives.

In 1966 in an interview on 60 minutes, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “I think that we have got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard and what is it that America has failed to hear?”

What if we could use this moment to let those who need to speak and in their own language and be heard? What if we let our children and Elders have the platform they deserve? It is our work to not give up on what seems impossible and to not turn away from chaos and confusion, We are a movement that is centered around visions and dreams! Whatever names we have for the Holy, we know she is present, even accompanying us through the “rush of a violent wind.”


Rev. Nicole Lamarche
Community United Church of Christ, Boulder
Boulder County Interfaith Leaders

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