We can’t leave the ministry of reconciliation

It is so tempting to close ourselves off after deep wounding, after failed attempts to come together as people of faith.  We might ask ourselves, “Why isn’t this working out?”  Still, we must believe that God is at work, that while we want to throw our hands up in despair, God’s hands are still in.  All […]

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Healing Relationships

We give and spend millions of dollars in hopes of curing diseases that infect the body and prematurely take the lives of those we love.  Worthy causes they all are.  We also need to invest in a cure for race.  This social infection compromises our relationships, vanquishes our self- awareness and understanding of our neighbors, […]

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A Vision of Reconciliation

Rev. Dr. Willie James Jennings, the Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School, wrote in his book The Christian Imagination: The Theology and Origins of Race: “In truth, it is not at all clear that most Christians are ready to imagine reconciliation.”  I had to pause there.  Not only was it […]

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It’s not a multicultural church if… (Pt. 2)

In April, I talked about the ways in which being a multicultural church is easier said than done.  How I wish that our faith would be enough to bring us together.  Because it is more than enough if we would allow it.  Our shared relationship with Jesus Christ is enough to bring us to the Lord’s table if we would […]

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Let’s Talk About It Again (and again)

I recently listened to an interview on racial reconciliation.  When the African American man was asked about the way to reconciliation by his European American interviewer and self- described “white ally,” he started the conversation with American slavery.  I was immediately struck by the fact that he felt the need to start there, that reconciliation […]

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Resurgence of Racism: Baptist Conference on Unity Planned

Former President Jimmy Carter and founder of the New Baptist Covenant has long accepted the call to the ministry of reconciliation and sees the spike in race- related incidents as a call to serve this generation.  Seeing race as apart of the attacks on the Obama presidency and the rise of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate […]

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Remember to Dream

More than remembering his name or his birthdate, each year I am challenged to remember the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  To be sure, it is God’s dream for humanity (Second Corinthians 5.11-21). Prophet and pastor, Dr. King is unmatched in his challenge to America’s citizens to be reconciled to one another.  Echoing […]

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