On 17th November 1957, Martin Luther King preached a sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. An audio extract has been preserved. Listen to how MLK links the Cross to love for enemies and hence to transformation in the world.
It’s hard not to be aware of the great damage caused in our western societies by debt. Our economies thrive or fail based on how much people buy non-essential goods. Consumerism is the great idol.
Meanwhile, more and more people slide into debt. It becomes unmanageable, and predators swim around them, smelling blood. Archbishop Justin Welby has recognised this grave social evil, and declared war on the loan sharks. Here is a video filmed by the religious journalist Ruth Gledhill, showing churches in deprived east London districts setting up credit unions to benefit the community.
Is this something your church might do, either on its own, or in partnership with others?
More on the story here.
Are you involved in the rise of food banks? But are you also concerned about the reasons for food poverty, and for efforts to address those concerns?
If so, the forthcoming End Hunger Fast campaign may be for you.
Challenging interview with Shane Claiborne:
Relevant Magazine recommends five films with social justice themes.
If you have a Netflix subscription, you can watch them on that service.
Have you seen any of this? Will you? Are they capable of changing your mind and your actions?