News & Notes 10-13-17

Ms. Pat

Rabbit: the autobiography of Ms. Pat
Williams, Patricia with Amber, Jeannine. Rabbit: the autobiography of Ms. Pat. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2017
Book reviewed by Laura Hunter Part One of the Story
Patricia “Pat” Williams is a woman of color. She is a celebrated stand-up comedian, actress, and writer. Williams began her career as a comic in Atlanta, GA and now appears at premier comedy clubs across America. She has appeared on numerous podcasts, and she is a regular on the syndicated radio program “The Bob & Tom Show.” She and her family live in Indianapolis.

Jeannine Amber is an award-winning journalist. She collaborated with Williams for two years in creating Ms. Williams’ memoir. Amber’s additional work can be found at her website jeannineamber.com.

The two writers were introduced at a party when one of Williams’ friends suggested Williams write about her life. When Williams hesitated, the friend pulled Amber over and told her this woman could get it done.

Rabbit was not written for the squeamish. It was not written for a particular segment of the population. Everyone can learn from Williams’ experiences. Readers who are offended by profanity, street language, and violence may put the book aside. Readers who want to understand why so many people have such a grueling time breaking out of the poverty and/or drug cycle must read this book. And read it again. It brings laughter, and it brings tears.

There are people in the United States who live under the same conditions as those in war-torn third world countries. Gunfire is not a constant, but it’s there nonetheless. These people are not hidden; but, as Williams says, they are invisible. The destitute are not all people of color, but they all have the same experiences, the same self-doubt. They manage to remain out of sight – out of a sense of shame, a lack of knowledge, and an ingrained fear of not being accepted.

Patricia Williams’ memoir Rabbit: the autobiography of Ms. Pat shows the brutality experienced by children of color who live in dismal poverty in the United States. Hers is a story of how she moved herself and her family out of the hood and, with her husband’s help, into the suburbs. Then on to the
world of podcast media and radio programs.

Williams did not “lift herself up by her bootstraps.” First, she had no bootstraps to lift. Second, her hands had to be free to fight battles against hunger, child abuse, sex perverts, drug and gang invasions, family dysfunction. Not until her adulthood did she realize that there were places in the country where people lived a lifestyle different from hers.

Wednesday Night Meal – Oct. 18, 5 – 6 p.m.
Menu: Chicken & dumplings, sweet potatoes, salad,
cornbread and dessert
Chicken tenders for the kids
Meals are $6; children, youth, and college age eat free!
Contact the church office by noon on Tuesday to sign up.

University Place Lunches
FLUM will be providing a duty-free lunch for University Place teaching staff once each semester this
academic year: on Wed., Oct. 25 (11:30 – 1:00) and Wed., May 9 (11:30 – 1:00). Missions provides the meal, and volunteers mingle and converse withstudents, assisting them as needed during lunch time in the UPES cafeteria. Please help on either or both days. To sign up, contact Nancy Campbell.

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union or bank about offering this service to those who can qualify. If the person who needs money wants assistance in making the appointment you could help and even go to the appointment with them. Remember that this may be a new experience for that person and your support may be essential.

COMING UP ON SUNDAY
Scripture: John 5:1-9
Sermon: “Waiting for a Cure”