“A warm welcome to Zingcreed, the Christian/atheist blog that believes in giving credit where it is due. Apart from Hollywood versions of Proms, I know nothing about this subject – I grew up on the other side of the Atlantic, so I’ll just summarize this true story without comment.
Peter Turner, M.A., M.Sc.”
A Kentucky minister realised that Luke 14:13-14, Jesus’ words about inviting the poor and disabled to banquets were intended to be practiced as well as prayed. High school proms are the extravagant event of the year where students divide up into social classes, display privilege, and dance the night away. He noticed that the disabled students in the community found the traditional prom to be disprivileging and nightmarish. He and his team set up a “Jesus Prom: Night of the Stars”. If Jesus invited all to his table, so the church could and would – to the tune of about 500 disabled (and not just disabled) prom goers! Donors in the church provided tuxes and dresses and limousine services, as well as a lavish banquet and the dance. These kids might not be graceful dancers or have the quickest feet, but the joy on their faces when they experienced the Jesus Prom thrilled the hearts of Southland Christian Church and brought a little of the kingdom to Lexington.
[This is the latest in a series ‘Practical Christianity’, formerly ‘Now that’s what I call Practical Christianity’. Use the index on Zingcreed’s title page to access more of these inspiring stories.]
McKnight, Scot “Jesus Creed: Loving God, loving others” Paraclete Press (2004)