Being religious (or spiritual) is supposed to help us be better people. But just being better people is not enough if we live our lives within structures and systems that are destructive. In an address 50 years ago Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out against what he called "the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism" and those triplets are with us still.
Rev. Gordon Gibson has been involved in organizing and leading pilgrimages to civil rights sites since 2004. He brings his experience of living in Mississippi 1969-1984 when he was the Unitarian Universalist minister in the state. For seven of those years he was also an investigator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. During the first weeks after Gordon was ordained, he was in Selma, Alabama, taking part in early phases of the voting rights campaign there. In retirement, Judy and Gordon live in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Gordon is writing a book about Southern Unitarian Universalists in the civil rights era. Gordon currently serves as a member of the Board and the LLP historian. Gordon is the author of Southern Witness: Unitarian and Universalists in the Civil Rights Era, an engaging account of the roles that UU individuals and congregations played in the civil rights movement in the South in the 1950s and '60s.