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Tom Ehrich on the Grand Rapids LipDub

Tom Ehrich on the Grand Rapids LipDub

Tom Ehrich reflects on the viral video of Grand Rapids,

The Grand Rapids LipDub” (Click HERE to view) and on its depiction of diversity, community, and oneness. A thought provoking commentary:

COMMENTARY: Lessons from Grand Rapids

By Tom Ehrich in Religion News Service

In a week when I was writing about “oneness” — the one thing Jesus

wanted for us, and the one thing we Christians cannot seem to let happen

— this video caught the reality of community.

Community is gritty, not pretty.

Community is an accident of time and space, not a carefully selected

roster of people we like or let in.

Community is everyone, not just “our kind.”

Community is all ages, all races. Community is lovers crying, poets


Life in community is like a tracking shot: people go in and out of

focus, events occur and step aside. No one owns center stage. Life keeps

on happening as the camera’s eye keeps on moving.

And yet, in the camera’s eye, a firefighter is bound to newlyweds,

and they to cheerleaders, and they to the tattooed good old boy, and he

to a woman carrying a dog.


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Lois Keen

Totally brilliant!

And yes, I DO believe in rock ‘n’ roll and music has saved my mortal soul more times than I can count.

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