As you know I spend a lot of my time reading and thinking about theology and related matters. Much of that is done online, in company with a group of female clergy and their supporters.
I watched these courageous folks over the past week talking about Michael Brown and his murder in Ferguson, Missouri. About how to bring this up in sermons and pastoral prayers...or whether to do so How it would be received.
And I was worried...that I would go to my own church this morning and no mention would be made of it. Because the Episcopal Church of my acquaintance is a pretty 9 church. That's an Enneagram number (mine, in fact) and the hallmark of the 9 is to avoid conflict at all costs. I understand that desire ever so well.
I prayed on the way to church to listen and to hear a word that God had for me. And I did, on both counts.
The sermon was quite good and bold in its mention of Matthew Shepherd and God's unconditional love. But nothing was specifically mentioned about Mike Brown, or Ferguson, or the racial divide that is breaking our country apart. How can that be? are our churches not called to be prophetic and dangerous? What would Jesus have said today, I wonder.
Fifty years since Watts, since Dr. King. We have not reached the promised land; we forgot to be on the road.
I am so disappointed. But I am not surprised.
So, reading and thinking and talking are fine. But, according to this link, http://gaudetetheology.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/a-mimetic-reading-of-the-ferguson-events/we are called to put our bodies on the line with the threatened. That's what Jesus would do. What does that look like for me? Working on it.