Scarritt Bennett Center Blog

Getting to Know You, God

Lent begins this year with Ash Wednesday on February 10. This holy season of the church year is a time of preparation as we move toward Good Friday and Easter. It is a time of prayer, reflection, silence, repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation, and renewal on...

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Lectures focus on Southern Black Women’s activism

https://youtu.be/tB2zIyd8HAU Video: Ash-Lee Henderson opens the first Ina Corinne Brown Lecture with singing. During the fall of 2015, we heard from two powerful women – Ash-Lee Henderson and Nikky Finney. The annual “Ina Corinne Brown Lecture” series was established at Scarritt Bennett Center to honor Brown, professor of...

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Integration at Scarritt College, 1952/4

By 1942, the Scarritt College administration and the Methodist Woman’s Missionary Council had already attempted to integrate the school’s student body and admit black students. The college tried to make itself an exception to Tennessee’s strict segregation laws on the basis of its “international clientele...

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Sanctity of Life for All

A couple months ago I was listening to NPR during my drive home from my internship, when a segment came on discussing the death penalty. They were interviewing a man who worked for a non-profit fighting to end the death penalty. He discussed the history...

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“I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”

“I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me” I’m gonna live so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime! I’m gonna live so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime! I’m gonna work so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime! I’m gonna work so God can use me...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Reflection

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. I have had the privilege of being raised in a black Baptist church that has welcomed,...

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Epiphany Prayers

By Joyce D. Sohl Epiphany is the Greek word for manifestation or revelation. It is the season between Christmastide and Lent and is a period of celebrating the Incarnation’s availability for all people.  It is during Epiphany that each person can hear, see and experience anew...

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Spiritual Preparation for Social Action

By Joyce D. Sohl The justice issues that need addressing are numerous: war, domestic violence, date rape, gun control, immigration reform, poverty, the justice system, health care, racism, education, climate change, refugees, and on and on goes the list. Should I get involved in one or...

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Mary’s Song

By Joyce D. Sohl, Laywoman-in-Residence   Mary’s song is full of praise! Praise to God for selecting her, a young poverty-stricken girl to bear the Savior; Praise for all God’s mighty and wonderful acts for the people of Israel; Praise for God’s amazing grace and promised salvation; Praise to God who...

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