www.hiphoprev.com for a film on this theme. "We have forgotten about faith; a panelist said that we need power rather than love, but love will be the most successful force."
Next to speak, Bishop [name unknown] said that the religious community must be involved in progressivism; public opinion in the 1970s was negatively poised against what it saw as a mixture of religion and politics.
Fearing this scenario that she had experienced in the South, the bishop moved to the District of Columbia and became a peace activist, worried about the fate of her two young sons and by extension those of all other families. Among her activities was marching in front of the South African embassy.
She was a guest at the White House during the Clinton administration and there expressed her concern about gay bashing, which was not legislated on until the Obama administration years later.
The bishop also militates against oppression of Latino immigrants.
She said that she must be seen on the streets in her vestments: "We're the ones who can do it."
She ended with a quote from Stephen Colbert, to the effect that if a Christian nation doesn't help its poor, we must help them or admit that we don't want to.
Rev./Congressman Bob Edgar, executive director of Common Cause, proclaimed that he had five honorary doctorates and has been arrested five times. He regrets not having "stood up" more, on the importance of nonviolence and the power of civil disobedience.
The genius of MLK, he said, was to stay the course. We are headed toward hard times and the faith community must be involved.
According to the Network of Spiritual Progressives, there is a fear of economic decline among us all, and the question of what the faith community can do. Among all communities, people flock to religious institutions most of all. We'll fall without getting it together.
Said the bishop we must realize that the poor and needy are the same as us, not separate from us. We are together in this [world].
And Rev. Yearwood added that in a St. Louis mega-church, he was given two rows in the front for fellow progressives, but none showed up. "We must continue to build trust," he concluded.
Said Rev./Rep. Edgar, his sermons consist of one sentence followed by twenty minutes of explanation. "We are the leaders we have been waiting for. . . . "We love you and there's nothing you can do about it."