January 22 Peace Month Continues with a Special MLK Sunday on Equality

Hello Again!

I can’t believe it’s already at the end of Wednesday! I want to let you know about some things coming up and then let you know what we’re doing for Sunday.

Upcoming Soup and Bread Events:

Tonight Soup and Bread kicks (6-8) off again with our Martin Luther King “teach in” on his work with the Poor People’s Campaign. We have a special guest visiting us to lead the teach in and we’re even going to do some singing! We’ve been hard at work trying to let everyone know about this and are looking forward to a really fun evening. If you’ve never come before, tonight is your night. If you’re an ol’ Soup and Bread groupie like myself, tonight is also your night. So you can’t go wrong!

Next Wednesday for Soup and Bread we’re going to Occupy Peace Month! I’ve invited a panel of Quakers and a local Occupy Vancouver organizer to come and talk to us about what Occupy is, why they got involved, some of their experiences, and what does it have to do with the Quaker testimony of peace (if anything?!).

Preparation for Sunday

In keeping both with the focus of the Quaker testimonies (We’ve covered community and peace so far) and with the fact that this Monday we celebrated the life of the only American who is honored with his very own national holiday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I’m planning a special time of reflection and learning with Martin Luther King as our special guest! 😉

The passage of our focus is from the Gospel of Mark and is the text King discusses in his sermon titled “Drum Major Instinct:”

“James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.” (Mark 10:35–40, 43–44 NRSV)


“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.’… I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.” I Have A Dream, 1963

Queries for silent reflection:

  • In what ways are we intentionally welcoming those into our community who may be different from “us”?
  • How are we called to stand up against inequities in our society and world?
  • How is Christ prompting me to accept my status as “equal to others,” and to shower others with God’s equalizing, abundant love?
  • Who is it hardest for me to treat with equal respect and love? (myself? a particular other? a certain group?)

I look forward to our time together,