A COMMUNITY OF IMAGINATION + RESISTANCE
Jubilee House is a dream about what it means to collectively struggle for a different world. A world free of the evils of racism, oppression, and alienation. Jubilee House is a dream of a radically different future for Walker County, a future shaped by jubilee (Leviticus 25, Isaiah 61:1-12, Luke 4:18-19) in which the material and spiritual needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized are met through acts of mutual solidarity.
Gustavo Gutierrez once said, “Every attempt to evade the struggle against alienation and the violence of the powerful and for a more just and more human world is the greatest infidelity to God. To know God is to work for justice. There is no other path to reach God.” For us, Jubilee House is our attempt to be faithful to the struggle for a more just world by facing the evils of racism, oppression, and alienation head on, starting with Walker County, Alabama.
We do not see ourselves as saviors or heroes, but rather as those willing to bear witness to the reality that the Spirit of Liberation is already present, working in and among those who are the most marginalized (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and the poor) in our towns and communities.
We have a long road ahead of us, but we know that a different world is possible and we are left with no other choice but to love, dream, and fight for it. For our future.
“The prophet engages in futuring fantasy. The prophet does not ask if the vision can be implemented, for questions of implementation are of no consequence until the vision can be imagined. The imagination must come before the implementation. Our culture is competent to implement almost anything and to imagine almost nothing. The same royal consciousness that make it possible to implement anything and everything is the one that shrinks imagination because imagination is a danger. Thus every totalitarian regime is frightened of the artist. It is the vocation of the prophet to keep alive the ministry of imagination, to keep on conjuring and proposing futures alternative to the single one the king wants to urge as the only thinkable one.”
― Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination
“The scandal is that the gospel means liberation, that this liberation comes to the poor, and that it gives them the strength and the courage to break the conditions of servitude.”
― James H. Cone, God of the Oppressed
“Communities of resistance are creative places, full of invention, performance, freedom of identity, consensual relationships, and gift-giving. But they can be a destructive force, too; as each member confronts their domination by modern society on their own terms, little pieces of that world crumble away. A community of resistance is a demonstration of the lives we want—individually, we may be stuck in the real world, but collectively, we inhabit another real world.”
Anti-Capitalist | We believe that poverty and economic class today
are not ordained by God or by some kind of natural order, but are
established by the exploitation that comes from the machinations of
capitalism which can be overturned through the material and
spiritual liberation taught by Jesus Christ.
(Luke 4:16-19; James 5:2-6)
Anti-Racist | We believe that racism is anti-Christ and that Christ
calls us more than simply being “not-racist.” Rather we believe that
we must be committed to the active dismantling of hatred, bias,
systemic racism, and the oppression of specific minority groups in
Walker County. (Ephesians 2:14; Revelation 7:9-10)
Solidarity Not Charity | We believe that solidarity, rather than
charity, most accurately reflects the Kingdom of God. Charity is
top-down aid that only addresses the symptoms of the issues present
in our community while solidarity seeks to change the systemic
problems from which the symptoms arise through horizontal acts of
love and mutual aid. (Acts 2:44-45; 1 Corinthians 12:12)
Open & Affirming | We wholeheartedly celebrate people of every gender, sexuality, religion, race, and socio-economic circumstance as being made fully in the image of God - just as they are.
Transformational Way of Jesus | We are rooted in a very spacious
Christian theology and seek to accompany folks on their spiritual
journey wherever they are - we are not trying to convert anyone.
(1 John 4:16)
Peacemaking & Social Justice | We seek ways to actively be good news by not being apathetic to the injustice in our community, and
posturing ourselves to labor for reconciliation and healing in Walker
County. (Luke 10:27)
Curiosity | We believe in dialogue, the interplay of faith and doubt, the importance of asking questions, openness to the mystery of God and movement of the Spirit. Because we know that we do not have it
all figured out. (Matthew 7:7-8; 1 John 4:18)
Well-Being | We care about the’ entire well-being: social, emotional,
spiritual, physical, and intellectual of those in our community by
embodying a holistic approach that is exclusively focused on religion
or spirituality. (John 10:10b)
Collaboration | We will seek to partner with a variety of people and
organizations that share our values in an effort to create something
meaningful and positive for the people of Walker County.
WALKER COUNTY MUTUAL AID
Walker County Mutual Aid is a community created for autonomous relief organizing based on the principles of mutual aid, solidarity, and direct action. Walker County Mutual Aid is for members of the Walker County community to volunteer to offer skills, resources, supplies, space and time to community members who are most vulnerable among us. This is also for members of the Walker County community to ask for the help they need. We believe that we need to show up for each other. Especially for those who are at great risk (the elderly, the immunocompromised, those with chronic illnesses, the poor, unsheltered folks, undocumented immigrants, and those with little or no access to health care.) We are primarily seeking to organize and expand the reach of this project through a group on Facebook.
WALKER COUNTY FREE STORE
The Walker County Free Store will be a monthly pop-up store where all items are free. Really, it will all be free. Anyone will be able to come to the store and take whatever they want, no questions asked. We will never ask you to fill out paperwork, show ID, or anything else. We hope that the WCFS will be a place for folks to come and have their immediate needs met in a judgment free environment.
The Jubilee Fund is a project centered on participating in the radical call of debt forgiveness given to us by Jesus. This fund will exist solely to help folks in our community pay down their debts and provide direct financial assistance to those living under the burden of poverty. We are designing this project to be more than a benevolence fund, as we seek to work to help folks recognize all of the various factors that are keeping them in poverty, and then coming alongside them to help remove those barriers through solidarity, rather than charity.
The People’s Community Fridge Program is a community fridge network seeking to bring free healthy food to Walker County and it’s communities. This program is launching in the Summer of 2021, with a pilot Free-Fridge in the Town of Parrish, in response to the food insecurity in our cities, towns, and communities where access to fresh food is even more sparse. We’re dedicated to combating this lack of consistent, reliable access to fresh food by bringing awareness to food apartheid within the Walker County area and providing immediate relief to our neighbors in need through acts of solidarity. You can read more about this project HERE.
“What if Church was a big Potluck?“ may seem like an odd question to ask, but long before all the bells and whistles, that many of us are acquainted with in churches, the earliest followers of Jesus gathered together around a shared meal in mutual hospitality and dialogue. With that said, our hope is that we will be able to participate in dreaming and creating an experience of “church” that exists as a community influenced by the way of Jesus learn to live and struggle for a different world together, and we think gathering together around a table with good food and intentional conversation is the best way to do that. We hope to gather twice a month we hope to gather to share life, eat good food, and participate in conversation around the big questions of life, faith, and spirituality together.
The south is a complicated place when it comes to faith and religion. So much of what gets passed off as genuinely Christian or healthy religion is quite often the exact opposite, and we want to offer an alternative. We hope to be able to provide space for folks to explore their faith (or lack thereof), religious baggage, and general life circumstances in a non-judgmental fully affirming environment alongside a trained spiritual director. Spiritual direction is all about becoming more aware of our connection to the good, the true, and the beautiful as we learn to savor the goodness in our lives, and sort out difficult life situations and choices through discernment. You can read more about spiritual direction here.
How will we be a loving and inclusive community that values our neighborhood?
How do we develop the habits to be present to God within us, our neighbors, our enemies, and the world?
How will we take action, sacrifice, and speak truth to power to see this transformation realized?
How do we listen for what is needed to pursue transformation of ourselves, our neighborhoods, and city?
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The People’s Community Fridge Program is a community fridge network seeking to bring free healthy food to Walker County and it’s communities.
This program is seeking to launch in the Summer of 2021, with a pilot Free-Fridge in the Town of Parrish, in response to the food insecurity in our cities, towns, and communities where access to fresh food is even more sparse.
We’re dedicated to combating this lack of consistent, reliable access to fresh food by bringing awareness to food apartheid within the Walker County area and providing immediate relief to our neighbors in need through acts of solidarity.
Mutual Aid — This entails people supporting people horizontally, a reciprocal exchange. Solidarity not Charity.
Community — The People’s Free Fridge Program is a work that is for and by the people. Community is central to the work. We hope that eventually the individuals stocking and cleaning the fridge are also those who have been able to use it as well. We want to work to connect with other community members who want to support this effort.
Open Communication — We want to hear from people who are using the fridges; this includes criticisms and suggestions for improvement.
Left Hand Approach — Jesus of Nazareth said “When you give, do not let your left hand know what your right hand gives.” The PFFP is not a tool for self-promotion of any individual, church, or organization.
Starting in Late Summer 2021
Fresh produce, Bottled water, Canned goods, Non perishable items
(dry pasta, rice, etc.), Drinks (Gatorade, Juices, etc.), Milk (Dairy & Non-Dairy), Bread.
Interested in hosting a fridge at your location? Then feel free to contact us and we can talk about what that looks like, and how you can get involved.
“Our children shall be fed, and we will not let the malady of hunger keep our children down any longer.”
– Huey P. Newton, Co-founder of The Black Panther Party
This Project is inspired and influenced by the People’s Fridge of Dallas, TX.