Worship Service and Discussion
Sermon: MLK and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div.
9:30 a.m., College Mennonite Church
Sermon Response and Discussion
11:00 a.m., College Mennonite Church
Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school study day, emphasizing the values and ideals that characterized King’s work.
This year’s theme reminds the Goshen community that #ItIsTime: time to tell your truth, time to speak, time to tend to trauma, time for restoration, and time for compassion.
Featured Weekend Speaker:
Sarah Thompson, M.Div., is the executive director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, an organization that seeks to rectify injustice in non-violent ways. She is also a licensed pastor in the Indiana-Michigan Conference of Mennonite Church USA, and a member of an anti-Zionist synagogue, Tzedek Chicago. Public speaking, social movement building and civil society edification work have led her into 60 countries and countless communities.
Thompson grew up in Elkhart, Indiana, and then studied at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she double majored in international studies and comparative women’s studies, and minored in Spanish. Graduating summa cum laude, she was Student Government president, the co-founder of the Atlanta University Center Peace Coalition and intern at the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. In the summer of 2004 she returned home to south-central Elkhart to support neighborhood organizing that led to the saving of the Roosevelt Elementary school building. Now called the Historic Roosevelt Center, the building serves the community through meeting needs in the area of housing, meeting space, cultural celebration and organizing for social change. That summer of work also gave rise to the current Mennonite Voluntary Service unit, Jubilee House, hosted by Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Thompson’s home congregation.
Thompson was a member of Mennonite World Conference’s youth engagement efforts, attending the Global Youth Summit in Zimbabwe in 2003, and together with a global team of young adults, planned the subsequent summit in 2009. It brought together over 800 participants from 55 different countries to worship, network and think critically about the issues facing our global communion. These experiences led Thompson to pursue her interest in the liberation theologies of various cultures and resistance movements. She attended Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary from 2008-11 and then worked at Sabeel, the Palestinian Christian Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, from 2011-12.
In addition to what has been named, she’s interested in composting toilets, acupuncture, revolutionary mothering, and the intersections between racial and ecological justice.