No one person, and yet seemingly every person in on the planning of this event, was in charge. In the prayers that opened and closed each planning conference call, we asked that one larger than us all would have the final say. And the morning of the witness, we offered our efforts to God as humbly and as fearlessly as we could. I freely relinquished the control I always thought I needed. As we faced rain, hail, gusts of snow; buses that arrived late and processions that began early; impromptu liturgies and all-night arrests—a calm, hopeful fire burned within.
Colin Mathewson is media intern at Sojourners/Call to Renewal.