In a conversation after worship someone suggested to me that we show the film clip of the Rev. Dr. William Barber II during worship instead of before or after worship. What a good idea! So, as part of the sermon this Sunday I will use a short clip of Dr. Barber and then give an update on what I know about plans for the Poor Peoples Campaign in 2018.
Dr. Barber is Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He served as President of the North Carolina Chapter of the NAACP, and was the architect of the Moral Monday Movement. In addition he is adjunct faculty at two seminaries, and is now taking leadership in the Poor Peoples Campaign. In one statement he wrote: “Our communities are torn apart by hateful violence and words, often in name of opportunistic and hypocritical interpretations of the world’s oldest holy books and teachings. To repair the breaches caused by centuries old systems of racial and gender inequality, we need thousands of clergy and lay leaders who will dedicate their lives to rebuilding, raising up and restoring our moral infrastructure.”
PVCC is hosting a community gathering on Thursday, August 3, 9:30 a.m. to prepare for Dr. Barber’s visit. Kansas People’s Action will hold a meeting in Salina on August 6th. I will share the information that I have on August 6 during worship. Both meetings are open. Everyone is invited.
The coming months will be an exciting time for PVCC as we engage in our ministries at the Lord’s Diner, support the Backpack Project, and continue the life of a vibrant congregation. The Camp Sunflower steering committee will meet on August 12. What a joy and privilege it is to be your interim pastor.