Flowers for Union University
During last year’s Equality Ride, the 33 youth stopped at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and were escorted to a dirt mound behind and quite some distance from the campus (pictured left).
Here, the officials at Union University told the Equality Riders they could interact with students. Too bad the dirt mound was out of sight and out of mind for many of Union’s students.
Union University is once again a stop on the Equality Ride. The East Bus of the Ride will stop at Union University on Monday, March 26, 2007.
Us youth on the East Bus aren’t so happy about the dirt mound. To us, it just doesn’t seem very hospitable or welcoming at all. Really… If someone came to your home, even if you disagreed with what they were saying, would you, in good Christian conscience, tell them to go stand on your compost heap in the backyard? No… you, like Christ, would welcome them into your home and open a two-way dialogue and conversation.
We would like to give Union University and President David S. Dockery purple irises for every day on the Ride preceding our stop at Union on March 28th. We also want YOU to be involved!
The bouquet of purple irises will come with a little note from 1 Peter 4:9, “show hospitality to one another without grumbling” and a note encouraging President Dockery to let us on campus and engage in an honest, open conversation and dialogue.
You can be a part of this wonderful gesture of love and gracious hospitality!
For each person who donates to buy a purple iris to give to Union University, we will create a special page on the Soulforce website to thank you. Help us show Union University and President Dockery the loving support of folks just like you who cherish the importance of honest and open dialogue on these tough issues.
You can donate to help send this message by going to: https://www.soulforce.org/donate
Be sure to put “Flowers to Union University” in the comment section of the donation form.
Check out the what happened at Union University during last year’s Ride, as seen through the eyes of Rider Kayla Bonewell.