In honor of African-American History Month, the Frederick Buechner Center posted on its Facebook page text and video from Frederick Buechner's appearance on the Chicago Sunday Evening Club on October 4, 1992, where he discusses a lecture event he shared with Maya Angelou. He gets at the heart of why the conversations we are seeking to have at Trinity and in the world are so necessary.
Go here to view the video.
And here is an excerpt from the transcript:
I am not going to preach a regular sermon today. Instead, I am going to tell you something that happened to me which really preached its own sermon to me. The older I get the more I find that those are the sermons that really make a difference to me in my life, the ones that God preaches through what happens to us. The event that I am talking about, the moment of grace, has to do with that. A few years ago I was asked to give some lectures in tandem with an extraordinary American black woman named Maya Angelou. Several things that took place then were eloquent with meaning to me and I want to share them with you.
Go here to read the rest of the sermon text.
About Trinity's Racial Justice Group
During the winter of 2014/15, a small group at Trinity began to talk about beginning a conversation in our parish focused on the crucial social issues of racial justice, equality, and reconciliation, especially in light of the incidents during the summer and fall of 2014 involving Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, Eric Garner in New York, and Freddie Gray in Baltimore, etc. As a first step, we invited a panel of speakers to present to us in May of 2015. Please see the Newtown Bee press release summarizing this first event.