>>Prophets, and the people of whom they were a part, were messy and visionary, devastated but hopeful. They knew violence, yet they longed for peace. As we remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the many who marched with him in uncertain and difficult times, let us consider where we might plant our own feet and root ourselves today in equally uncertain and difficult times. The witness of prophets of the past suggests that if we stand firmly with inconsolable women and remain open to the possibility of relentless promises we can and will be a community of prophecy—people committed to vision, hope and peace regardless.
Jennifer Harvey, ordained in the American Baptist Churches (U.S.A.), is Professor of Religion and Faculty Director of the Crew Scholars Program at Drake University. She teaches writes and speaks regularly about encounters of religion and ethics with race, gender, activism, politics and any other aspect of social life in which religion decides to “show up.” Her greatest passion and longtime work, however, continually return to racial justice and white anti-racism. Dr. Harvey’s most recent book is Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation.
Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey