Pentecost Pilgrimage

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.” Acts 2:1

I’m headed to Catawba Valley tomorrow.  What shall I see when we are all together in one place?  Will there be throngs filled with the Holy Spirit speaking the many languages of love? Will onlookers be bewildered as voices rise, each in the native tongues of the secular and sacred worlds from which we come?  Will perplexed spectators sneer?   Will the world hear as sons and daughters prophesy of love? Will the hard hearted be opened anew as young men stand as visions of compassion?  Will rejected and anguished souls flutter with hope as old men share dreams of a nation’s promise of liberty and justice for all? Surely, whatever passes, the Lord’s Spirit will pour out and it will be a great and glorious day.

 

Update: 11:23 am. Love not Hate – I got here around 9:15, signed up
to be a volunteer peacekeeper and received a brief introduction to our role…encourage Love demonstrators to abstain from engaging Hate counter demonstrators and if necessary place my body between aggressor and protestor to take the abuse, verbal or physical, on their behalf. Praise the Lord that has not yet come to pass.

So far the love crowd outnumbers the hate crowd exponentially!

Photos and videos coming later.

Update: 12:40 pm – I’m not so great with numbers, just ask my wife, but my official estimate of # of people here for love – a multitude!

Update: 1:40 pm - The haters have taken up a post on the sidewalk in the middle of the line of lovers with atrocious signs like “aids is not a disease, it’s a cure” and “ask me why you’re going to hell”. The crowd is chanting “Love Not Hate” while Peace Keepers stand between and monitor the pulse of the crowd.

Update: The Day After -  Just before 2 pm, as the hot Catawba sun shone down on the grassy field,  organizers of the Love Not Hate demonstration began to thank supporters and disband the protest.  The haters continued to holler, and a few protest supporters lingered but the happy swarm of loving people began to make their ways back to cars, motorcycles and buses. The locals watching from a nearby hill returned to their businesses as protesters hugged and smiled. As I made my way across the parking lot I saw tags from Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina and Tennessee. Media accounts have the numbers at over 1500 loving folk and just about 50 or so hateful, negative souls.  I met so many beautiful people – gay and not-gay, young and not-so-young, black  and white, religious and secular – all with one message: love not hate.

It was a great and glorious day to be together standing on the side of love. It was surely the most blessed day of Pentecost in my life and I am forever changed by what I saw, who I met and what I felt as the spirit of love and justice rolled in the state of North Carolina.

Thank you Laura Tipton and all organizers of this event.  It was truly well organized and carefully, thoughtfully managed.  I am honored to have been there and serve as a peace keeper for the day.

More than any words I can say right now – these images tell the story.

 

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About Kimberly Knight

Kimberly has a long history of back-pew sitting, Wednesday night supper eatin' and generally trying God’s patience since 1969. She's lucky enough to have made her technology addiction a career and serves as both the Director of Digital Strategy as a southern liberal arts college and Minister of Digital community with Extravagance UCC.

  • Larry

    Are you on FaceBook?

  • Larry

    You go girl! It was great meeting you my sister!

  • http://marthaspong.com Martha Spong

    God bless you for doing this.

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FirstLight/ Lawrence Reh

    Kimberly, I’m very glad you decided to make the “pilgrimage.” Sometimes we witness best by our presence as a counterweight to ignorance and hate. Yes, there is always danger, but faith kept in safety is a weak reed, I think. There will be times when trials cannot be avoided, and the practice of loving witness may be the best preparation for facing them. If I weren’t 3000 miles away and living on a thin budget, I’d be there with you. I look forward to hearing more about your experience.

  • erins1911

    Yes, I will be praying and looking forward to your updates.

  • http://marthaspong.com Martha Spong

    May the blessings of the Spirit of Truth go with you.


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