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On Church & Activism

On Monday I stood on the Kentucky capital steps surrounded by Disciples. Many ministry colleagues from across the state were there. I met some fellow Disciples ministers for the first time. And many of you, from Bowling Green, attended.

Mae Belle & Evie Wray were there with my mom. One of them started crying so I took her and walked her around for a while. But pretty soon I was called away to help with something. The first person from FCC I saw was Patty Conway, so I held out Mae Belle, and asked, “Do you want a baby?”

 She opened her arms and plopped her on her lap.

I’m still processing our experience on Monday. To walk alongside Rev. Barber was an experience I’ll never forget. To be shut out of our capital, as a group, was shocking. But I keep thinking of that moment that Patty happily took Mae Belle for me so I could step away. I guess it felt like we were being church – outside. 

I know that activism can sometimes feel foreign to the church. We are so focused on nurturing community that we don’t want to do anything to make anyone uncomfortable. But I think that the social justice community needs the church.

We need armies of church ladies doing their thing inside and outside the church. And I don’t mean just ladies, I mean people! (I’ve handed my babies off to men in the church just as many times!)

We have a legacy as people of faith of standing up as a voice for morality and justice: Moses stood up to Pharaoh, Quakers aided in abolishing slavery, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood up for civil rights. 

I give thanks for this community of faith and your powerful witness in the world.



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