Peggy Bristol makes sure that youth and children fleeing violence in their homelands get dignity in Bay Area courts. Be inspired by the work of Mustard Seed! (Theme Music: “Any Day Now” by Earth Amplified.)
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Preached April 26, 2015 at Rockefeller Chapel, Chicago IL, dedicated to the people of Baltimore.
In the days following the Michael Brown verdict, that cold Thanksgiving week, there emerged a debate among my friends regarding the uprisings happening in my hometown and around the country. I called it the debate of the Kings. That is, my friends would quote these two Kings in defense of their positions.
On the one hand was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, ”I am still convinced that nonviolence is both the most practically sound and morally excellent way to grapple with the age-old problem of racial injustice.”
On the other hand was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, who said in 1966: “I contend that the cry of ‘black power’ is, at bottom, a reaction to the reluctance of white power to make the kind of changes necessary to make justice a reality for Black people. I think that we’ve got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard.”
I’ve got one thing on my mind, baby, and that one thing is…fundraising.
The Oakland Peace Center is hosting our very first fundraising campaign ever, and it is all I can think about right now.
I sent a couple of appeal emails to people I know through church, and it got me thinking about how a pastor ended up setting up a nationbuilder account and encouraging friends to host house parties instead of creating liturgy and preaching about stewardship. It also got me wondering, if I was called to the spiritual life, why does this secular work feel more spiritually fulfilling?