Students from Georgetown University gave the Mount Vernon Place congregation a tremendous gift on Saturday afternoon. Through a class called "Theater as Social Change," six Georgetown students created and performed a play on the rich and wonderful history of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church.
Anita, James, Jenn, Julia and Murphy were truly outstanding in their various roles. They took us to Washington as it was during World War II. They enabled us to experience the heat of Washington summers and to imagine what it was like to be pregnant without air conditioning. They expressed the life-giving hospitality and welcome that have been extended from the church since it was built in 1917. They took us to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech at the Lincoln Memorial. They gave us sounds from the riots of 1968. They enabled us to see how much we have done since the church began 157 years ago and how much more there is to do in the future, leaving us absolutely convinced that God is not finished with this church yet.
All of us have a story to tell -- a story of success and defeat, a story of being full and a story of being empty, a story of life and a story of death. There is power when we tell our stories -- when we remember the past, recall God's faithfulness at every twist and turn, and forge on to the future.
Thank you - Anita, James, Jenn, Julia, and Murphy for telling our story in such a beautiful, powerful way. Thank you Sam, Karen and Carol for providing leadership for this class. You made us laugh. You made us cry. You made us remember. You touched us in a profound way. We are so grateful for the privilege of being able to hear our story.