This week we listened to excerpts from a Pentecost sermon delivered by Rev William Barber II at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York on 5th May 2019 (see Youtube video). A week or so later he delivered the same sermon at the Festival of Homiletics (Preaching) in Minneapolis where I was privileged to hear it. I offered this opportunity in order to bring a different voice, speaking a different language into the room on Pentecost Sunday – it’s English, but it is not the style of English that we are used to hearing here.
After listening to Rev Barber we discussed the following: How do we translate this, a sermon that is utterly grounded in the American political context, in African American history and culture and in a Pentecostalism that is different to what we are used to hearing in Australia, into our context? What is the fire of the Holy Spirit illuminating in our history? What is the deeper moral language that she is teaching us to speak? Whose hands is she calling us to take? Do you connect with the idea of a moral Pentecost? Do you connect with the way it was presented? What did you hear and how are you moved to respond?