That’s what it’s called in the South, aka Sunday lunch. As a college student serving rural churches, someone would say, “You’re having dinner with us today.” My city boy eyes bulged when my chicken-farmer hostess wrung the neck of what was about to be Sunday dinner. I thought, “That’s fresh food!” Her husband, who grew up on a chicken farm, said when drafted into the Korean War, some city boys chafed at basic training’s 5:30 reveille, but he enjoyed the extra hour of sleep.
Memorable moments happened around those Sunday dinner tables, including dialogue about the morning sermon. I’ll share some of those memories in upcoming Sunday posts, and also some themes for good Sunday dinner conversation today, such as a powerful 2016 William Barber speech. Its eerily relevant message is described in Andrew Hidas’ 8/1/2016 tra-vers-ing blog entry, “Reverend William Barber’s Ancient Progressive Religion of the Heart.” Here’s a quote:
…there are some issues that are not left versus right, liberal versus conservative; they are right versus wrong. We need to embrace our deepest moral values and push for a revival of the heart of our democracy. When we fight to reinstate the power of the Voting Rights Act and to break interposition and the nullification of the current Congress, we in the South especially know that when we do that, we are reviving the heart of our democracy….