In her book “Take This Bread” Sara Miles tells the story of how taking communion one Sunday morning transformed her life and the life of thousands in her city. “I took communion, I passed the bread to others, and then I kept going, compelled to find new ways to share what I’d experienced. I started a food pantry and gave away literally tons of fruit and vegetables and cereal around the same altar where I’d first received the body of Christ. I organized new pantries all over my city to provide hundreds and hundreds of hungry families with free groceries each week. Without committees or meetings or even an official telephone number, I recruited scores of volunteers and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. My new vocation didn’t turn out to be as simple as going to church on Sundays, folding my hands in the pews, and declaring myself “saved.”…..I had to trudge in the rain through housing projects; sit on the curb wiping the runny nose of a psychotic man; stick a battered woman’s .357 Magnum in a cookie tin in the trunk of my car….I learned about the great American scandal of the politics of food, the economy of hunger, and the rules of money….all blown into my life through the restless power of a call to feed people, widening what I thought of as my “community” in ways that were exhilarating, confusing, often scary.” (from the Prologue)
There is a great deal of information that may be learned from the website for this phenomenal documentary “A Place at the Table”. Please take time to visit, become a Hunger Fighter by playing the game and find out more!
While we celebrated the beauty & mystery of Easter on Sunday, the season of Easter will continue for fifty days. We’ll spend the first few weeks of Easter in a worship series called The Art & Resurrection of Justice.
Outline for The Art & Resurrection of Justice
Read John 20.19-31. We will be holding this biblical text in conversation with human trafficking this Sunday. This will be a challenging topic for all of us. We will hold the ancient text and the reality of human trafficking as we look for signs of resurrection and new life amidst despair.
Here is a link to learn more about human trafficking at madeinafreeworld.com/slavery.
Many people doubt the reality of modern slavery and most of us turn away from seeing the wounds it inflicts upon children of God. A few years ago a group called Made in a Free World asked the world one question, “How Many Slaves Work For You?”. They received an overwhelming response from every country on the planet. Learn your footprint here and join the millions of people around the world who have started demanding products Made In A Free World.
The Risen Christ says, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
How might God be sending you into the world to address the brutality of human trafficking? For what purpose are you being sent? To whom is God sending you? How might you be part of offering peace to children and adults caught up in the vicious cycle of human trafficking?