Table turning Monday
In 2011 we added a new justice-centered holiday to our annual calendar, Table Turning Monday. Each year we carry out a direct action challenging oppression on the Monday before Good Friday and Easter to commemorate the day when Jesus walked into the Temple and turned over the tables of the money changers. Turning the tables at a symbolically-charged location that was controlled by the economic, political, and religious power elite, was a symbolic act challenging the complicity of his own leaders in his people’s oppression. And three days later Jesus was arrested by the Roman Empire and given a rebel’s execution. We think this is an important, and often ignored, part of the story and reminds people that this is a subversive tradition. While justice should be a daily practice not a once-a-year one, we hope this holiday will highlight this part of the story for people. In the past 5 years other congregations have been inspired by this and done their own actions. In 2016 the action was picked up by Sojourners magazine, Patheos.com, Making Contact radio show, and numerous local new sources.