May 8, 2016
About 10 minutes after worship ends, we’ll gather together for Aftertalk. We hope you’ll join us! Bring your questions, stories, insights, doubts, musings, imaginings and whatever else you need. Join us for some fellowship, laughter and ample space for reflection and real questions to help us make the transition from worship to world.
Readings for this Sunday:
Acts 16:16-34 • Psalm 97 • Revelation 22:12-21 • John 17:20-26
Everything goes wrong for Paul and Silas in the story from Acts. They've given themselves completely, dedicated their lives absolutely; they've literally put their bodies on the line. No good deed goes unpunished in this narrative. And then the earth shakes. Even as shackles are broken, new bonds are formed, and the future is unlocked. What are we to make of this?
Many things, probably.
Eddie Huang (pronounced "Wong") is a celebrated chef, attorney, and self-described "Trojan horse." He is the author of the book Fresh Off the Boat which has been recently turned into a sitcom on ABC. Recently he was on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert talking about his show Huang's World, which appears on the TV channel Viceland. You can watch selections here. You can watch the third segment in which he tells the story about getting thrown in jail in Sicily.
Huang offers hints of a possible way of reading the Acts text as the work of gathering all the passion, creativity, imagination, and will we've been given from our own stories in order to transform our environments. He summarizes what he's trying to do in a recent story from the New York Times: