Baseball: A game apart

10/16/2007

Baseball is top news these days as the World Series draws near. There is a unique opportunity this month to celebrate the life and ministry of Jackie Robinson, a pioneer and prophet among us.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s shattering of the color barrier in Major League Baseball, and October marks the 35th anniversary of his death at the age of 53. Amazingly, he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the 1972 World Series just a few days before dying of complications from diabetes.

Robinson had a strong and abiding Christian faith, and his witness for the civil rights of all persons went beyond the baseball diamond. During his lifetime, progressive Christians, black and white, celebrated his vibrant witness. In July 1963, the United Church of Christ presented Robinson with its Chairmanship Award, recognizing his leadership in his local church, in ecumenical and interfaith efforts toward peace and reconciliation.

Jackie Robinson:  A Game Apart, a one-actor drama by Mike Wiley, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson. Tickets are $20 ($5 for children) with all proceeds to benefit Bethlehem Center. Contact Bethlehem Center at 601-355-0224 or bethlehemjackson@bellsouth.net to purchase tickets/make reservations (group rates available). 

This is a great outing for groups of children and youth, for Sunday school classes, for families, for friends — and, of course, baseball fans! 

I hope to see you there.