Article: Singing for Justice

By Pat Plude

Come let us all unite to vote, reform 13!
Let corporations pay their share, reform 13.
There are too many loopholes, we lose our libraries and schools
Come vote with us for justice sake, reform 13!
Make it fair (hashtag!) Make it fair (hashtag!)
Come let us all unite to vote to make it fair!

This text, sung to the tune and harmonies of “Come, let us all unite to sing,” is the rousing opening song of twenty-three members of First Mennonite Church of San Francisco (FMCSF), including three children and youth, participating in a non-violent direct action in downtown San Franciso on January 13. This “Sing-In,” held in the lobbies of three big financial institutions – Wells Fargo, Blackstone, and JP Morgan Chase – is part of 96 hours of direct action coordinated by the Anti Police Terror Project to reclaim MLK’s radical legacy.

Read more

Sermon: Threatened by Epiphany?

By Joanna Shenk

Matthew 2:1-12
Mark 1:4-11, this version also read in addition to the NRSV

I was in high school when I first learned the word “Epiphany.” At my school we had a Spring Arts Day each year, where the high school grades competed against each other in various categories: vocal, instrumental and theatrical performance, as well as poetry, prose and visual art. My sophomore year the theme of Spring Arts Day was “epiphany” so that’s how I learned the word.

I was involved in the 10th grade vocal performance in which we sang a medley from Les Mis. Our grand finale was from the song “Do You Hear the People Sing?” I’m guessing some of you are familiar with the words, but if not, here are the first few stanzas:

Read more