CHARLESTON … FERGUSON … SAN BERNARDINO … ORLANDO … CHARLOTTE?
These cities have been seared into our brains due to the intolerance and fear of one human for another. And, predictably, humans have reacted with fear, hate, and misunderstanding. Calls go out for legal solutions and an end to violence but we have yet to address the root of the discord.
In this confluence of many social currents, the search for policies and processes to help prevent these acts will be complex. But we CAN HAVE MOVEMENT BY REJECTING THIS HATE, VIOLENCE, AND FEAR. We have an opportunity to encourage the love so freely given by Jesus Christ, a love that casts out fear.
We live in such a volatile time that anyone could be targeted — be they Black, Muslim, gay, Mexican, or anyone in the wrong place at the wrong time. BUT IT IS NOT TIME TO BE AFRAID OF ONE ANOTHER.
Through it all, this is the time to reach out to each other as one human family knit together by God who loves us. We must MOVE together.
The Coastal Plains Area-CCSW Reconciliation Ministry team invited youth to imagine a world without hatred, bigotry or racism. The Disciples in the C.P.A. have been on an intentional journey over the last year to be in meaningful, honest dialogue about the issue of racism and how we, as church, respond.
Jesus invites us all with one heart, one voice, and one song in faith. There is no racism in Jesus Christ, because Jesus transcends all forms of hatred.
– Brisa Gallaway, youth participant, First Christian, Houston
Your gift to the Reconciliation Offering is one way to help move us toward wholeness. Through grants in regions and across the general Church, faith-based organizing, and programming that promotes understanding, our Reconciliation Ministry is key to the Disciples’ emphasis on being a pro-reconciling/anti-racist church and a MOVEment for wholeness.
We as a church must love and act to demonstrate the love of God to a world so desperately in need of a Beloved Community. Let us TAKE ACTION AND MOVE, in ways small and large, to show that LOVE IS STRONGER THAN HATE. Love wins.
Our congregation will collect this special offering Sunday, September 25. Donation envelopes are available at church; donations can also be made online.