Greetings, First Congregational members and friends.
It was wonderful to see so many folks stay after worship on Sunday to brainstorm our next steps as we organize for racial justice in our community and world. Julie compiled the list of ideas and you can read it here.
We'd like to invite anyone who is interested in moving these ideas forward to the Vitality & Outreach meeting on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. We meet in the conference room upstairs at the church. Julie and I were just remarking on how the meeting will feel so odd without Jerry there...and how Jerry would be so pleased to know that the Vitality committee is moving forward in these directions. Jerry was known to say over and over again, "Our ONA Covenant is about so much more than LGBTQ concerns." In fact, I heard him say that just last week.
For those who want to get into the community and do some acting with your feet, there is a peaceful protest for justice being organized by an individual here in town. Her name is Sarah and she is an active part of theWELL, one of the other downtown churches. The event will be a silent protest along Anderson and Manhattan, reaching out from Triangle Park. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening. Please bring signs so passers-by know why you are present (suggestions: "Black Lives Matter," "I Can't Breathe," "No Justice. No Peace." "This Stops Today," etc.) You can find full details about in via the Facebook event. Please spread the word to your contacts.
I had a lovely meeting with the Rev. Rachel Williams-Glenn from Bethel AME yesterday. She and I mostly did the pastors-catching-up-around-a-busy-time-of-year thing, but we also talked about the national climate right now and what our churches might be able to do together. We are thinking of joining together a few times in 2015 to share Holy Communion together - first at their church and then at ours - so be on the lookout for more information as that idea develops.
The Spirit is on the move and so are we. It is good to be together as we continue to move forward for justice.