First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, a Member Church of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and More Light Presbyterians

Second Sunday of Easter – April 28, 2019

Bible Study – 8:15 a.m.
Worship – 9:30 a.m.
Childcare is available for infants through preschool age, downstairs in Rooms 4 and 5 for morning and evening services
Fellowship Time – after worship
Sunday Seminar: “Environmental Impacts of Consumer Food Choices, Part II” – 11:00 a.m.
Theology Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m.

Photo: Septima Clark

The Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee, has been in the news recently after a fire destroyed the building containing the offices and historical archives of a key part of the civil rights movement. The founder of the school, Myles Horton, hired a woman from South Carolina in 1954 as the full-time director of workshops. She was Septima Clark. She taught literacy courses which turned uneducated, poor African Americans into voters. People from many of the southeastern states suffering under the legal structure of Jim Crow racial laws were taught how to fill out driver’s license exams and voter registration forms. One of Septima Clark’s students in her first few months at Highlander was Rosa Parks. Parks’ experience at Highlander prepared her to sit near the front of a bus in Montgomery which resulted in her arrest and which sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The first reading from the Book of Acts will help us understand the motivation behind the work of schools like Highlander and people like Septima Clark. For people of faith, there comes a time when we must obey God rather than human authority. Progress in civil and human rights has been one result of disciples doing just that. Join us on Sunday as we reflect on this consequence of the Resurrection.

Pastor David