There is also work to be done in study. Every revolutionary movement needs people who think and study and write and analyze. A revolution is not sustainable if there are only people on the street.
Somewhere in this mention I find myself, Â or wish to locate myself. Â I went to Ferguson in mid-August on a day after I had made a business trip to the St. Lois area. Â I took my video stuff, Â and went to see what I could, Â and hoped to talk to some people.
I arrived home to discover that there had been a delegation of ministers there, Â meeting at a local church very involved in helping the protesters and hosting ministers from around the country who came to show their solidarity with the black community of Ferguson. Â I had been disappointed with what I had not gotten. Â I had hope to find some theological conversation about this tragedy, Â and the ongoing reactions of the authorities in the coverup and handling of the protests. Â And when I found that I had missed out on being with all those ministers, Â including Brian Merritt who is a friend of mine and also had been tweeting his trip to Ferguson, Â I fell into a state of discouragement about my failure to be attentive enough to my own Twitter stream that could have hooked me up to that group. Â I had even heard of the church at which they were meeting because of a police raid that confiscated the church’s supply of aids for victims of tear gas.
So out of my sense of disappointment over what I did NOT get, Â I posted none of the video I did get. Â I told myself I’d regroup and return again. Â I have yet to do so. Â With the news of “no indictment” on any of the charges, Â and reading a bit this morning from reactions, Â I ran across this interview with Walter Brueggemann, Â where he mentioned how movements need people who “think and study and write and analyze.” Â I thought about how I want to help in this effort, Â and do some video story telling. Â I’m still not at all over how I missed out on a gold mine of people showing up to offer their presence and their encouragement and bring the good news of the gospel to bear on this situation. Â Now it seems we have only the beginning of a longer effort. Â In other words, Â a movement that elicits many actions and protests and conversations inÂ multiple channels of media.