There was a wedding over the weekend. This post is about the sermon.
Back in January I wrote a post saying that if the resistance paid attention, Black theology could save the world. I think Bishop Curry’s sermon shows how it is possible.
Not only did Bishop Curry use MLK Jr. correctly, he was able to tie King, Song of Songs, Teilhard de Chardin, and spirituals together in a way that was prophetic, pastoral, and playful. And all in 13 minutes.
If liberal ministers want to spiritually sustain/edify/fortify those who are in the resistance fight everyday, Bishop Curry’s sermon shows a way to do it.
And, since Bishop Curry did use King, I know you good UU ministers and lay preachers are going to want to use him too. So, here are a few rules that will make it easy:
1. Before doing anything else, read “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” (you can find it here)
2. Do NOT use the “I Have a Dream” speech. I repeat, do NOT use “I Have a Dream”.
3. If you are going to use a King speech, it must be post-1965.
4. Understand that King understood that there is both personal sin and collective/systemic sin. If you are not comfortable saying the word “sin”, do NOT use King. King believed in sin.
5. Read “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” and “Why We Can’t Wait”
more later. maybe.