Rev. Dr. Wayne Chasney

Weekly Meditation

Pastor Wayne began his ministry at Monroeville in August, 1993, after graduating from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA. Pastor Wayne has his Doctorate of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a focus on ministry in the small church.

In his spare time, Pastor Wayne loves running, reading and cheering for the Minnesota Vikings.

Pastor Wayne is married to Rev. Wendy Schindler-Chasney, pastor of St. John's UCC, Milan. They have two daughters.
"Those who say, 'I love God,' and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars..." (1 John 4:20a)

    Beginning on November 9, 1938, violent anti-Jewish demonstrations broke out across Germany. Synagogues were burned, homes and businesses were destroyed, and according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum website, 91 Jews were murdered. Police and firefighters, under orders from Gestapo headquarters, did nothing. The website goes on to say that 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to concentration camps and the event marked, "the shift from antisemitic rhetoric and legislation to the violent, aggressive anti-Jewish measures that would culminate with the Holocaust." It came to be known as "Kristallnacht," or "The Night of the Broken Glass."
    On Wednesday of last week a man shot and killed two black shoppers at a grocery store in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. He had been reportedly seen trying to enter a predominantly black church earlier.
    On Friday, several pipe bombs were intercepted by authorities after they had been mailed to prominent political leaders.
    And Saturday morning a man entered a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh and murdered 11 people.
    That's the hate that made the news.
    Then there were all the kids in schools who were bullied because of how they look, or how the act, or because of their sexuality or gender-identity.
    Then there were all the expletives hurled at televisions as political ads aired leading up to next week's election.
    Then there were the insults directed against migrants either already in the country or making their way toward our border.
    Then there was you and me.
    Maybe we didn't do any of those things. Surely we would never commit such acts of violence or participate in anything like "Kristallnacht." Surely. But hate is an insidious disease. Like cancer, I think, it starts with just one tiny, malformed cell and when conditions are right in grows and spreads. Therefore, we must be vigilant - vigilant in our acts AND vigilant in our thoughts. We must be aware of how it can take shape within us and very quickly begin to shape us. And we must stand up against it wherever we see it, for the only thing we can hate is hate itself.
    There is too much hate in the world today. While we won't put an end to it any time soon, the very least we can do as those who follow Jesus Christ is to make certain that we are not contributing to its power in any way.
    "Those who say, 'I love God,' and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars..."