6 weeks, Tuesdays (February 13 - March 20)
The Jericho Road is the seventeen mile road that connects Jerusalem to Jericho. That road drops about 3600 feet in seventeen miles. It is a steep, winding, remote trail barely wide enough for two people to pass in some places. For centuries, it has been a place symbolically linked with robbery, violence, oppression, and suffering.
The day before Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, he delivered his last speech to a crowd of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee.
The address, known as the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, demonstrated his knack for taking famous Bible stories and brushing off the dust. In this speech, he discusses the actions of the characters in the well-known story of the “Good Samaritan," which is set along the Jericho Road. Elsewhere, King proclaimed the need to re-invent the Jericho Roads of our own society: “On the one hand we are called to play the good Samaritan on life's roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway." (from "A Time to Break Silence" at Riverside Church)
Led by Rev. Claire Matheny. Rev. Claire is the Associate Pastor at St. Paul's. You can read her full bio on our Meet the Staff page.