A sermon delivered to the Presbytery of Lake Michigan on
March 11, 2017
by the Rev. Sarah Schmidt-Lee
Good morning all! It’s good to be with you today.
I’ve had a friend from college visiting with me this week, and it’s been delightful to catch up with her–to find out what has been going on in her life, and share what’s been happening in mine, and also to reminisce about our college days, which were nearly 20 years ago, now.
As I’ve been preparing for this sermon, I’ve been thinking a lot about a particular experience I had in college. It was at a worship service I attended most weeks. This was a student-led service, not affiliated with any church or campus organization–just a couple kids with a guitar and a violin and a drum who started getting together to pray. It started with about 10 friends and quickly blossomed to over 100 students, so they asked to use the sanctuary of a church on campus so that this large group of students could continue to meet to worship at 10pm every Thursday night.
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Release Fear Kindle Hope
May 18, 2017 9:30am -3:30pm
Fellowship Chapel, 7707 W Outer Drive, Detroit, Michigan
|48 years ago in Detroit Michigan, black people assembled for the National Black Economic Development Conference issued the Black Manifesto: a challenge to Christian churches and Jewish synagogues to pay reparations for centuries of victimization. They developed a list of specific initiatives to heal systemic racism in our country, and pinpointed religious communities as those who were morally equipped to lead this task. Most of the initiatives were not taken up.
Nearly 50 years later, we find ourselves in a situation where slavery continues to be enforced through mass incarceration of our black youth. Despite the Civil Rights Movement, and the amazing and costly leadership of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., disparities continue to exist for people of color, affecting black Americans, First Nation people, hispanics and other immigrants, Muslims and other religions, and the LGBTQ community.
As Christian leaders, we are called to address systemic racism and bring about healing. In this workshop, join with other community members in an examination of the Black Manifesto as a catalyst for developing specific action strategies to repair racism today. We will be led by keynote speaker Rev. Wendell Anthony of Fellowship Chapel in Detroit, and esteemed panelists to bring our faith to bear as witnesses to and healers of injustice. The workshop is designed to shape initiatives that will enable participants to truly become repairers of the breach, and make the streets safe for all of our children to live in.
10:00 Welcome and prayer
11:30 small group processing
2:30 small group action planning
3:15-3:30 closing and evaluations
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Please reserve 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 20 and join New City Kids for The Turnaround. Based on Isaiah 61:1-4, The Turnaround shows how God’s goodness stops us in our tracks, turns us around, and makes a way out of no way. Join us at the beautiful Wealthy Street Theatre for an evening of laughter, dance, video, drama, and the amazing music of New City Kids. New City Kids is an inspiring youth leadership development program where 100% of alumni graduate high school and go to college. Let us know that you will be there! RSVP by visiting www.newcitykids.org
Thursday, April 20th at 7 pm
Wealthy Street Theater
1130 Wealthy Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Rev. Linda R. Rubingh, M.Div., LSW
Brighter Day Program Director // New City Kids – Grand Rapids
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LOUISVILLE – Keeping Faith, the video stories from Tony De La Rosa, Interim Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency