Gathering and scattering

I’ve been reflecting lately about the speeches and the actual physical movement of the civil rights protestors under the leadership of Martin Luther King jr.

The headquarters of the movement was the 16th street Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama. In many of his speeches King talks about how they moved ‘out from the 16th street church’ and then ‘back to the 16th street church’. It was the times of gathering in the 16th street church were they regrouped, told stories, strategized and were inspired.

We all need a ‘16th street Baptist church’, a community, a circle, where we are safe, where we can share war stories, and be inspired before we move out again, a place to gather before we scatter.

Get skin in the game.