So lots of great resources this week to explore the story of Leymah Gbowee. Check these out: her book Mighty be our Powers (public library and reference), a PBS series, Women, War and Peace which includes the documentary about the Liberian women's peace movement, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, and then this thorough Wikipedia article. My quotes are drawn from Amy Goodman's interview of her with other women Nobel Peace Prize recipients last year on Democracy Now. Watch it here...and ignore the title of the interview...sensationalist gimmick.
Luke 19:29-46 and Psalm 122
Scripture readings follow the alternative lectionary outlined in Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking (reference and public library).
A few weeks ago, I scanned the chapter for Palm Sunday in Brian McLaren's book. Chapter Thirty-Two is entitled "Peace March." I think I've imagined the Palm Sunday processional as protest before, but with that simple McLaren phrase, it became all the more palpable. It just hit me that much harder. So thank you, Brian McLaren! At the same time, I was listening to a Krista Tippett interview with Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross. They talk about the soul and protest. Not my insight, by any stretch. Turns out, demonstrating even has health benefits. Anyway, all this swirled around as I thought about North County and our attitudes and the frustration I sometimes experience in teaching about the political Jesus. The historical context I offered regarding Jesus as political person comes from Reza Aslan's book, Zealot (reference and public library). While I would argue with a number of his interpretations and his biblical analysis in the book, the contextual information he gives is really helpful in understanding the turbulent environment of Jesus' day. My reflection on a political Jesus also holds a frustration I also have with myself and my commitments. Just sayin'. And out of the chaos and wondering about ALL of that emerged this sermon. I hope you feel as challenged by it as I was writing it. Plus, here's the ever-inspiring Krista Tippett. It's one of the sanest discussions I've heard about Black Lives Matter. Thought provoking, challenging personally and professionally.
Question of the Week
What's your protest story? How did it change you?