Martin Luther King Day provided our third annual opportunity for a “Munch” to honor the spirit and mission of Dr. King. My friend Dr. Rob Owens confirmed that from his perspective all participants felt that spirit of unity in our gathering as his little black boys sat with my little white boys listening to Ms. Pam read stories from Desmond Tutu’s Children of God Storybook Bible.
A Munch is a lunch that intentionally brings together people who are not in the same place in life, typically due to their age. As usual, we had participants from 18 months up to at least the 8th decade. Munches remind us of Jesus’ gospel of reconciliation which stands in opposition to the spirit of division to which this world is prone to subscribe. In a period of time when our nation is experiencing renewed racial tension, it was a blessing to experience the unbreakable bond of the Holy Spirit between brothers and sisters who may not worship in the same building every Sunday out of habit, but readily greet one another with warm smiles and endearing hugs–the kind only black and white grandmothers in Christ can give you.
I am thankful to Micah for sharing her prize-winning “Eyes of Diversity” speech that gave great insight to the pulls and tugs she experiences as a young black woman in a (nearly) all white community. Often thoughtless words can bring to the surface those feelings of confusion one feels when they know they belong, yet they know they are different.
It takes a committed core to pull off an event, and I am so thankful for the culture of community that has been cultivated by our Munch participants. You could taste the teamwork in the crockpots that came from a half a dozen homes to feed our bellies. I’ve been told that the church becomes the church at the table, and I believe it.
I learned a new Latin phrase today: “lex orandi, lex credendi”. As we pray, so we believe. We considered several of Dr. King’s famous quotes as we shared a time of discussion, but I want to leave you with a thought from a like-minded soul, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. This is a prayer we need to pray over and over until we truly believe it:
Good is stronger that evil.
Love is stronger than hate.
Light is stronger than darkness.
Life is stronger than death.
Victory is our through him who loves us.
Thank you Dr. King for putting your life on the line to change the world. You are evidence that the student will get no better treatment than the teacher.