Save the dates for our upcoming BCM webinars, listed below, featuring scriptural reflection, movement history and social justice themes. All times below are 5:45-7:15 pm Pacific Daylight Time except where noted. Register here.
Forty Years in the Belly of the Beast: Interview with Liz McAlister of Jonah House. Tuesday, June 18th
The Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice: Interview with Norman Gottwald and Jack Elliott. Tuesday, July 16th
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: What Will Become of the Dream? Tuesday, Aug 20th
Capital or Community? Jesus’ Parable of the ‘De-fective’ Manager. Tuesday, Sep 17th
Our friend Rosemary Thompson of the P. Francis Murphy Initiative for Justice and Peace in Baltimore (www.PFMJPI.org) sent this reflection by Liz McAlister’s daughter Frida, which we share in commemoration of Mother’s Day. Be sure and mark your calendar for our next BCM Webinar (Tuesday, June 18th): “Forty Years in the Belly of the Beast: Interview with Liz McAlister of Jonah House” (5:45 pm - 7:15 pm PDT). Founded in 1973, Jonah House has been the hub of Christian nonviolent direct action in opposition to militarism. Liz McAlister will tell the story of how the community began, how it has maintained its vision, and what innovations have occurred over the last decade. This will be our annual FREE community Webinar!!
My mom is fearless. Really. When my brother and I were little, we got our bikes stolen a lot. We were easy marks — pudgy, white and well-meaning, living in a tall crowded row house full of white, well-meaning people. “Hey shorty, lemme hold that bike.” We would “share” and the bike would be gone. We were always afraid to go home without our bikes because it meant getting into the car with mom and searching the neighborhood. We begged her to just buy us new bikes, but it never worked. No matter how big and intimidating the boys who “held” our bikes were to us, they seemed small and looked like kids as they handed our bikes back to our mom after mutely enduring her tongue scouring. They might have mumbled or glared as she stowed the rusty old third hand bikes in the back of the car, but they did it quietly and behind her back.
Note: This beautiful reflection was published in the April 2013 issue of Hospitality. Eduard is a Partner at the Open Door Community, and a dear friend.
Above: "American Golgotha"--King's room at the Lorraine Motel, recreated as it was April 4, 1968 at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
April 1968, Memphis.
He missed it. His favorite foods had been prepared:
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