Continuing the summer’s theme on creation, this Sunday Dr. Derek Hicks brought the sermon. Dr. Hicks is associate professor of Religion and Culture at Wake Forest University.
What is creation for ALL if some are pushed to the margins? Or left out altogether? How does that square with the radical nature of Jesus’s declarations about what it means to walk in faith and being bound to the margins?
Derek told the story of his grandmother’s front porch in Los Angeles which provides a little world of belonging. She serves, ministers to and encourages folks on her baby blue porch. She displays an unflinching faith in God’s creation to activate hope in those still suffering indignities associated with being left out and left behind of that creation. With every bowl of gumbo she extends nourishment to God’s creation. Each bite of her hot water corn bread is a testament of belonging. This is the nature of God’s creation.