Sermons, reflections or meditations offered by Disciples pastors that highlight the inauguration of Barack Obama, the country’s first African American President, may soon find their way to the collections of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Reconciliation Ministry recently issued a call for sermons that will be preached on Jan 18, on the eve of the celebration of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and two days before Obama’s inauguration. Reconciliation Ministry hopes to compile the materials into a church-wide resource for congregational and small group study. The resource is not meant to be a political commentary. It is intended to equip churches with models and ideas that acknowledge the Church’s history while uncovering new ways of living into unity, reconciliation and an anti-racist identity. Submissions or questions should be directed to April Johnson, Minister of Reconciliation at [email protected]. Submissions will be considered through Friday, January 30.
The American Folklife Center has expressed interest in securing some of the works from Reconciliation Ministry as part of its attempt to get as wide a representation of oration as possible. The collection will become one of many oral history and spoken-word collections at the center that preserve American’s accounts of, and reactions to, important cultural events. To learn more, go to: www.loc.gov/folklife/inaugural or contact April Johnson.