Gathered with people of faith from around the city last night at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church for an organizing meeting felt monumental. I felt united with the great Civil Rights leaders I admired tremendously as I sought to actively partner in their transformative work for the equality and freedom of all. It was a bittersweet realization. That a meeting like this is needed in the 21st century is abominable, that significant numbers of people are rising up to stand against injustice, hopeful.
In the setting of a worship service, the 180 or so of us ethnically, generationally, and sexually diverse neighbors shared, brainstormed and listened together for how to engage in this accelerating movement for social transformation. “That’s why we’re here tonight,” declared Rev. Michael Wortham. We were reminded of and empowered by the promise of the great social justice mover and shaker, Jesus, that he had come that all might have “life and life abundant”. We identified narratives we are given by the media and listed systems and structures in American society that inhibit abundant life. To name just a few of those structures: political systems, capitalism, media, access to education, distorted belief systems, stereotypes, incarceration, generational poverty, food deserts, healthcare disparity, breakdown in family, willing ignorance, and the multitude of others I am sure you can add.
Lastly, we were asked to answer four questions to help us identify how we can join in the movement. How we can take action, because we need to, we all need to.
"Freedom is not biased, if I have it and you don't have it that's a problem; then I don't really have it."
So, I pose the questions to you:
What are your gifts?
What are gifts you keep buried?
What are your hobbies?
How might you use these to join in this movement for social transformation?
"This is when our faith gets real."
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