I was grateful for Acts of Reconciliation resources provided by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
My heart is hurting and my spirit is stirred by the cries of black and brown people who are facing the crushing weight of structural racism. And not only those who are featured in television interviews and news articles, but also those I know personally: friends, colleagues, and siblings in Christ.
I’m listening. I’m learning. I’m praying. I’m sitting with the discomfort and dis-ease. I’m opening myself to God’s leading and healing.
As I mentioned in the sermon, Colors of Christ (yes, it’s finally released now), the book Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey caught my eye thanks to the resources provided by our denominational Reconciliation Ministry. And instead of browsing on and moving on… I bought it.
That’s what it takes, sometimes. Just jumping in. Even (especially!) if we aren’t really sure where to start…
Have you jumped in? What are you learning from the stories, experiences, and wisdom of people exposing and confronting the ugly, sinful reality of racial injustice in our world? I’d love to know how the Spirit is stirring you.
See you Sunday,
You can worship in three ways at 10:30 AM:
- Bring a blanket or lawn chair(s) and sit on the lawn in socially distanced locations. Masks are strongly encouraged.
- Remain in your car and tune in to 91.1 FM.
- Watch the livestream of the service while you are healthy at home. (We are correcting the malfunction from last week which cut off the livestream after the first minute–our apologies).
Remember to use the restroom beforehand, bring communion from home, and you can give online, by mobile app, mailing check/cash to church, or dropping off your tithes and offerings at the “donation station” on Sunday for worship.
Yes, there will be a children’s moment. Yes, the service will be bladder-sensitive (~35 minutes). Yes, I will be overjoyed to see you and smiling widely beneath my mask!
PPS – Men’s bible study begins a new study in Revelation on Tuesdays at 9:30 AM via Zoom, starting June 16, 2020. I’m excited to share in conversation with Dr. Jeremy Paden, who is helping navigate this rich and eye-opening discussion on an intimidating, neglected and often wildly misunderstood book of the Bible. We’ll explore the surprising symbolism of beasts, dragons, horsemen and more.
Let me know if you are interested in learning more or joining in.