A SoulFood Fellowship Reflection from The Rev. Sydney Avent and Dr. Richard Sturm
In September, 2017, our SoulFood Fellowship group began a journey of Bible Study, contemporary reading, and conversation—through which we considered our responses as Christians to gender-based violence and racism. We have been challenged to hold scripture in conversation—and sometimes in tension— with contemporary writings. We have individually and collectively attended theatrical performances, viewed films, and visited art exhibits on related topics. We have shared newspaper articles and recommended books for each others’ consideration. We have wrestled with our own histories and potential. We have remained engaged and committed.
On May 19, 2019, at 2 PM, at The Park, we fulfilled one of our small group’s goals, the screening of the film, The Rape of Recy Taylor. When we first discussed the film, our group decided first to read Danielle McGuire’s book on which the film is largely based, At the Dark End of the Street. About twenty persons attended the screening, and twelve participated in the discussion afterwards. Refreshments were available before and after the screening. The event had been publicized beyond our congregation, so we were glad to welcome a number of guests, some of whom also shared in the discussion.
We are immensely indebted to Recy Taylor. It was largely her resistance and struggle for justice, with inspired advocacy by Rosa Parks, that launched this country’s Civil Rights Movement and served as the precursor to various women’s movements, including #MeToo.