What is a Walk & Talk for Justice?
In this season of committing to Jesus’ way of peace, we need to embody our commitment. It’s easy to tune in on YouTube or Zoom and watch passively, but — as we’re able — we want to make a physical commitment to walk out our curiosity, interest, and adoption of Jesus’ way of nonviolence. Join our community as we take weekly walks throughout New Haven with a goal of covering 54 miles, the same length that was covered in the historic Selma to Montgomery march. We’ll start on MLK Day — Monday, January 18th. We’ll continue until the week of Lent. Walks will be around two miles in length and will be on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and on the weekend.
Times & Locations for our Walk & Talks
Mondays (starting January 18th)| noon – Dixwell @ 100 Goffe St
Tuesdays (starting January 19th) | 4pm – Newhallville @ 13 Shelton Ave.
Thursdays (starting January 21st) | 8am – Edgewood Gazebo (across the street from Manjares)
Saturdays (starting January 23rd) | 2pm – West Rock (small parking lot at the corner of Hard & Stone Streets)
We have currently walked 2 miles out of 54!
Each walk will be around two miles and will start and end in the same location. Stay tuned for info about one-off walks sponsored by various groups at ECV and co-sponsored with folks around our city.
W&T4J Resource: Quote and Prayer of the Week
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: And so my friends, they did not die in vain. God still has a way of wringing good out of evil. And history has proven over and over again that unmerited suffering is redemptive. The innocent blood of these little girls may well serve as a redemptive force that will bring new light to this dark city. The holy Scripture says, “A little child shall lead them.” The death of these little children may lead our whole Southland from the low road of man’s inhumanity to man to the high road of peace and brotherhood. These tragic deaths may lead our nation to substitute an aristocracy of character for an aristocracy of color. The spilled blood of these innocent girls may cause the whole citizenry of Birmingham to transform the negative extremes of a dark past into the positive extremes of a bright future. Indeed this tragic event may cause the white South to come to terms with its conscience.
And so I stand here to say this afternoon to all assembled here, that in spite of the darkness of this hour, we must not despair. We must not become bitter, nor must we harbor the desire to retaliate with violence. No, we must not lose faith in our white brothers. Somehow we must believe that the most misguided among them can learn to respect the dignity and the worth of all human personality.
I hope you can find some consolation from Christianity’s affirmation that death is not the end. Death is not a period that ends the great sentence of life, but a comma that punctuates it to more lofty significance. Death is not a blind alley that leads the human race into a state of nothingness, but an open door which leads man into life eternal. Let this daring faith, this great invincible surmise, be your sustaining power during these trying days. – MLK, “Eulogy for the Martyred Children” September 18, 1064
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.