A non-homeless friend of mine, whom I've tried to get to come and hear a Union Gospel Mission sermon, sent me a link to the sermon, above, that Rev. William Barber delivered at the Democrat National Convention. My friend's email to me is below.
Have you ever heard sermons like this at the Mish? I was hugely impressed. As I wrote on Facebook this morning: "It was the kind of stirring oration that Martin Luther King routinely delivered back in the day. And while I make no bones about my displeasure if not contempt for a lot of what passes as Christianity today, especially among right wing evangelicals who hypocritically support candidates like Donald Trump, the Rev. Barber's soaring words express principles that, if put into action, reveal what Christianity could be at its best."In answer to my friend, I say this, which I think is still true since the days when I was at the mission often:
The Mission administrators don't tell preachers who come to UGM what they should say. But I think it has pretty-much always been the case that those groups invited to come to the mission have a mainstream-to-conservative understanding of the Bible's message. An exception to this has been the Quakers. Thus, I don't know if Rev. Barber would be offered to preach at the mission. I mostly doubt that he would be given a preaching slot, mainly because much of the content of his message has a liberal feel and is political.
One thing much in Rev. Barber's favor for him being given a chance to preach at UGM is his rousing delivery of his message. A stirring delivery is greatly appreciated by my homeless brothers and sisters in the chapel seats. They will stand up, cheer and hear every word.