Tonight at 7pm we will meet to talk about what some next steps might be. John Lewis mentioned the concept of the beloved community, a concept described by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as follows:
Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.
We will take a look at the United Methodist - General Council on Race and Reconciliation’s list of 25 Traits of The Beloved Community. Here’s the link:
There are many many resources on the www.gcorr.org website concerning Race and Reconciliation including online classes, videos, print resources, and more. This is another place where we can go to learn more about where we are, who we are, and how United Methodists are responding. I encourage you to browse.
We will also consider the significant Walker Chapel areas of focus as a framework for the consideration of future efforts and how God might manifest God’s leading at Walker Chapel.
And finally - if these problems were simple, they would already be fixed. The issues we face are complex, long-standing, uncomfortable, and urgent. We can’t do everything, but we all can do something - individually and as a church. The question now is what do we need to do? What do we each individually bring to the table?
This is exciting and necessary work. Please continue to think, to learn, to pray as we seek to discern God’s leading. If you would like to reflect on, in writing, where we are in our conversations, we welcome your feedback here.
Again - Thank you for your enthusiastic engagement, your generous listening, and your careful use of words. Derek and I are so happy to talk with you and learn from you. And we are grateful for the love that you show each other.
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