A Change is Gonna Come

By Lori Dokken

The musical soundtrack of “Getting in Good Trouble”

Change is something we can always count on.  It leads us through mountains and valleys … good times and struggles … quiet and chaos.  Everything must change.

Join us for this year’s September Music Series as we journey through the music and messages of times of social unrest and calls for justice and equality from the 1960s until now. Our current times can feel very overwhelming and paralyzingly relentless.  We have walked through many times of difficult changes, but rarely if ever, have we been subjected to the deluge of so many critical issues at one time.

Maya Angelou said, “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”   And “Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.” And also “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.” 

James Baldwin said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

During September we will touch on timely topics and themes from the past six decades and feature some of the music that accompanied them:

September 6: The 1960s – War and Peace – “Imagine”

September 13: The 1970s – ERA, Women’s Rights, Gay Rights, Human Rights – “Believe in Humanity”

September 20: The 1980s and 1990s – HIV/AIDS, World Hunger and Poverty – “We Are the World”

September 27: 2000 to now – Systemic Racism and Income Inequality – “One” … “We Shall Overcome”

In 1963, John Lewis said: “I appeal to all of you to get into this great revolution that is sweeping this nation.  Get in and stay in the streets of every city, every village and hamlet of this nation until true freedom comes, until the revolution of 1776 is complete.” And recently, Congressman Lewis said to us: “Do not get lost in a sea of despair.  Be hopeful, be optimistic.  Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” 

Let’s join together on Sundays in September and find strength and inspiration from our past challenges and successes and share our commitment to the work still so desperately needed. Let’s join our hearts, lace up a brand-new pair of walking shoes and feel the common cause of all of our brothers and sisters to “get in trouble … necessary trouble.” Let’s ensure that we do our part to fulfill the great pledge of the living document that we share as a community – “All (men) are created equal.” We have laced up our walking shoes many times before and have used our voices to illuminate oppression and injustice … greed and starvation … sickness and inequality … discrimination and segregation.  

Once again, I hear the voice of Congressman Lewis: “When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something. To do something. Our children and their children will ask us, “What did you do? What did you say?’”

I look forward to you joining us for this important series …