Getting Angry

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Micah 6:1-8

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Matthew 5:1-12

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I had an internship in college at a vibrant, Presbyterian church in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. My supervisor was a man named Hurmon Hamilton. Reverend Hamilton was an incredibly active community leader in Boston. He served as the President of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, he served on the spiritual life committee of the Black Ministerial Alliance of Boston, he met almost daily with community organizers, church leaders, and business owners to explore potential partnerships, and he preached powerful sermons. In addition to all of this, Reverend Hamilton taught a leadership course for a group of seminarians from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. At the first class, Reverend Hamilton asked the group of students to name one quality that they feel is most important for a church leader to possess. The students answered with qualities like: compassion, honesty, patience, hard-working. “These answers are all good,” Reverend Hamilton said, “but the quality that I find essential for good church leadership is anger. You need to be angry at the things God is angry at. You need to be angry at the hurts and wrongs committed against your people. You need to be angry at injustices committed in your community and around the world.” Continue reading

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