Archive for October, 2013

One Question – Why?

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Prison Ministry Social Justice Group, Karen Beiber preaching

October 27, 2013

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Contemporary Testimony:  “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
an the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

Biblical Testimony:                             Matthew 25:34-40

The ruler will say to the one on the right, “Come, you blessed of God! Inherit the kindom prepared for you from the creation of the world? For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me drink.  I was a stranger and you welcomed me; naked and you clothed me. I was ill and you comforted me; in prison you came to visit me.” Then these just will ask, “When did we see you hungry and feed you, or see you thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you as a stranger and invite you in, or clothe you in your nakedness?  When did we see you ill or in prison and come to visit you?”  The ruler will answer them, “The truth is, every time you did this for the least of my sisters and brothers, you did it for me.”

Worship with Carnival de Resistance

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

September 29, 2013

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First Testament Lesson:                   Exodus 19:9, 16-20

Second Testament Lesson:             John 12:12-13, 20-30

Sermon:  “The Carnival King, the Rain-God, and the Temple State” by Jim Perkinson

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Jim’s Bio:

Perkinson, James W.
Professor of Ethics and Systematic Theology
BBA University of Cincinnati
MDiv St. John’s Provincial Seminary
MTS St. John’s Provincial Seminary
PhD University of Chicago Divinity School

Jim Perkinson is a long-time activist and educator from inner city Detroit, where he has a history of involvement in various community development initiatives and low-income housing projects. He holds a PhD in theology from the University of Chicago, with a secondary focus on history of religions, is the author of White Theology: Outing Supremacy in Modernity and Shamanism, Racism, and Hip-Hop Culture: Essays on White Supremacy and Black Subversion, and has written extensively in both academic and popular journals on questions of race, class and colonialism in connection with religion and urban culture. He is in demand as a speaker on a wide variety of topics related to his interests and a recognized artist on the spoken-word poetry scene in the inner city.

Jim is interested in using a broad array of interdisciplinary tools to investigate the way socio-economic position, racial presupposition, and gender perspective already inform our values and orientation to life long before we begin to grapple with questions of identity, ministry or spirituality. He is particularly concerned to understand the way white supremacy, as an effect of colonial Christian practices, continues to be reproduced in mainstream Western cultures. In addition, he explores how the creative forms of cultural resistance developed by marginalized groups and indigenous peoples can critically challenge Christianity today. These concerns figure in both his academic writing and the performance poetry that he produces as a necessary adjunct to teaching. Becoming at least bi-cultural in communication skills and poly-rhythmic in spiritual practice is fast emerging as a requisite capacity for Christian leadership in a transnational world. And the need for a pedagogy adequate to such a demand is his consuming passion.