Scarritt Bennett Center Blog

A Mid-Week Sabbath Break

Thomas Merton wrote in his book, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight In Our Busy Lives: “There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence. . . [and that is] activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form perhaps the common form,...

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On the Road to Emmaus

In the resurrection account in Luke, the story is told of two followers of Jesus who left Jerusalem the first day of the week following the crucifixion. They were heading for Emmaus. While in Jerusalem they had experienced the excitement of Jesus’ trip into the...

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Hospitality as Resistance

Although we often think of hospitality as a tame and pleasant practice, Christian hospitality has always had a subversive, countercultural dimension. “Hospitality is resistance,” as one person from the Catholic Worker observed. Especially when the larger society disregards or dishonors certain persons, small acts of...

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Peace

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he...

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Hospitality: A Way of Doing Justice

“Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ” -St. Benedict Is hospitality a forgotten virtue? Has welcoming the stranger, become too scary? Have we forgotten Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 25 when he separated the nations based on their actions regarding the hungry, those without clothes, the...

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Fasting as Part of Our Lenten Journey

Jesus’ time in the wilderness was a time of soul-searching, temptation, fasting and prayer. His wilderness journey is often the model for many during the season of Lent. In an old hymn we read: “Forty days and forty nights you were fasting in the wild; Forty...

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William Barbee’s Story, 1964

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVNAUTS4Cuo Following the Campus Grill protest in 1963, Scarritt College students continued to participate in civil rights demonstrations. In 1964, another explosion of demonstrations happened around the downtown area. Demonstrators focused efforts on some of the establishments that refused to desegregate, including Krystal, Morrison’s Cafeteria, and...

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