I look forward to seeing you in worship tomorrow as we begin our celebration of African American History Month.
The welcome I wrote for this year’s AAHM brochure will be part of my sermon, Pronouncements Have Their Place.
In preparation for this year’s African American History Month I am reading Against The Hounds of Hell: A Life of Howard Thurman by Peter Eisenstadt.
The book describes Thurman and family arriving, after a five day cross country train ride, in San Francisco in July of 1944. After settling into a home that needed much care (think rodent infestation), Thurman began his work as the Senior Minister of the recently established Fellowship Church.
He told the church leaders that he wanted the church’s commitment to peace to be found “in the quality of life that emanates from the place rather than from pronouncements of one kind or another.”
I think his words describe my hope for our annual celebration of AAHM. While our pronouncements about the significance of the celebration before us matter, the lessons we take from the history are of greater significance than the statements we make.
I look forward to the lessons which we, together, will learn.
LABC Zoom Link – Pastor Carolyn leads A Time For Prayer at 10:00.
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