Homilies

Protesting Ferguson

Ferguson RallyProfessor Jonathan L. Walton's speech from the Ferguson protest in Harvard Yard on December 3, 2014 (Photo by Tiana A. Abdulmassih)

“Protect and Serve” or Criminalize and Contain?
Protesting the Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson, MO

Beginning in 1955 in the city of Los Angeles, the police academy adopted the motto, “To protect and serve.” This pithy but powerful phrase encapsulates the mission of police departments across this country. To protect and serve members of the community; serving residents by protecting residents from harm and danger.  Unfortunately, for too many in our nation it seems that our modern militarized police forces are less concerned with protecting and serving, and more concerned with containing and criminalizing; particularly when it comes to the black male body. Black bodies are to keep in their place; capitulate to state power; lest they be criminalized for little more than appearing out of place. Read more about Protesting Ferguson

Homily for the Class of 1954: "Company in the Clouds"

Professor Jonathan L. Walton delivered the following homily to the Radcliffe and Harvard College Class of 1954 on the occasion of their 60th Class Reunion at the Memorial Church on May 27, 2014.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,[a] and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)

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