One of my favorite parts of the Transitional Executive Ministry Training I took last fall was the session on Conferences We Should Attend, Blogs We Should Read, etc. [FYI: among the must-attend conferences are NEXT Church for Presbyterians and White Privilege for everybody.]
I have another list: People We Should Know . . . if we are interested in 21st Century ministry. Friends, we should all know William Barber II.
Moral Mondays – which has now spread to twelve other states – was created to peacefully protest state government actions which impede voting rights and cut social programs.
Cornel West has described the Rev. Barber as “the only (Martin Luther) King-like figure we have in the country right now.” His messages are powerful and Spirit-infused. And in these days when the words of our political candidates are often violent (one wants to “carpet bomb” ISIS until the sand glows) and do not sound Christ-like in spite of coming out of the mouths of those who self-identify as Christians (“I will bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding”) Barber believes that – because words can still become flesh – we need to speak prophetic words in the likeness of Christ.
These, for example, speak to us all: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others.” (Matthew 23:23)
William Barber keeps reminding us what the weightier matters of the law truly are. You can read more here.