Listening & Learning: Austin Channing Brown
We continue our summer worship series in which we listen to and learn from Black preachers. Today: Austin Channing Brown, author of best-selling book, I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, and a powerful preacher. We listened to Austin’s sermon, from the Evolving Faith Conference 2018, in which she revisits the story of Rizpah, whose sons were killed by King David because of their potential claim to the throne as descendants of former King Saul. In an act of final revenge against King Saul, Rizpah’s sons were hung on an open mountain hillside to decay in reach of scavenging birds and predators. Rizpah was outraged by the murder of her innocent sons, and climbed to the top of the hill where they hung in order to defend their bodies for weeks on end. In her anger and her grief, Rizpah stood up to power to fight for justice and dignity for her sons. [Sermon begins at 17:00, prayers at 38:10.]
Listening and Learning
- Sermon, by Austin Channing Brown, from Evolving Faith Conference, 2018.
- Children’s Time book: Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson.
- PHOTO: lettering by Amy Marie Epp, 2020
- Pass the Peace in America Sign Language
- Land Acknowledgement: Real Rent Duwamish; Solidarity opportunity: Our Duwamish friends have asked allies to help get the T107 Park name changed to “Ha Ah Poos Duwamish Village Park”. Video that tells the story of the historic site and one of the last remaining original shorelines of the Duwamish River. Link where you can submit your park name suggestion!
- Offering: donations to Seattle Mennonite Church
Permission to podcast the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-726929. All rights reserved.
- He came down – Words & Music: Cameroon traditional; Arr. by John L. Bell, ©1990, Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive agent
- Jesus Loves Me – Text: Anna B. Warner, 1859; Music: William B. Bradbury, 1862
- Be Our Strength in Times of Trouble, Reunion Vocal Band, ©2020 Michael Bade, used with permission