Two years ago a friend invited me to a protest. It was early in the pandemic and it took time to make the decision to go. The protest was in Manhattan Beach, a seaside city known for its beautiful beach, luxury homes, dining and shopping. The march organized in conjunction with the local chapter of Black Lives Matter (BLM) was a direct call for the City of Manhattan Beach to right a wrong from nearly a century before. A park in the city known as Bruce's Beach was once owned by Willa and Charles Bruce. The Bruces were African American entrepreneurs who ran a seaside hotel and dance club on the property during a time when the beaches were segregated. Only a few years after opening, their successful business was seized by the City of Manhattan Beach, CA to be redeveloped as a park, which did not take place for 40 years. At the time the property was taken from the Bruces several white supremacist groups were active in the area including the KKK. The long fought fight to get the parcel of land (most recently owned by Los Angeles County) returned to the Bruce Family was completed this past week. "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied." -Matt. 5:6 This Sunday we will continue our sermon series on the Beatitudes. All Are Welcome to join us for our Sunday Rhythm. Sunday Gathering 3pm Work Together 4pm Worship Together 5pm Eat together Come as you are, stay as you are able.
In Faith, Rev. Amanda