On Sunday morning we will have a chance to watch a clip about the Reconciliation Ministry that is a part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This brief clip will help us to glimpse the work this ministry does within our Churches. On October 1st you will be invited to make a gift to support its continued work. Reconciliation Ministry has sponsored camps and conferences for adults and youth to learn from each other’s cultural experiences. They have created “transformation teams” who work to unravel the effects of racism and separation and they also offering training events around the country to help people to explore tough conversations about our various cultural experiences and the continued challenge of racism in our nation.
I am proud that churches who make up the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are as diverse and varied as God’s creation. Over the years whenever I have gone on mission trips with youth I have always intentionally made sure we worshipped in a Disciples congregation that was different than the one “back home.” Sometimes Spanish was the language spoken. Other times the congregations stood up, danced, clapped, and sang a lot more than the youth were used to experiencing. Some experienced for one of the first time the realization that they were in a place where most people did not look like them. The differences of ethnic and cultural heritage were apparent, but then came time for the communion. At the heart of every worship, there was the Lord’s Supper, suddenly we were all in a familiar place within the family of God.
Our challenges as a nation in addressing the history of systemic racism within our nation are still here. I can’t begin to address it all, but I do know that ministries like the Reconciliation Ministry are not afraid to begin the conversation. They are not afraid to listen and challenge all of our congregations to grow and learn.
I wanted to mention one more thing that makes me proud to be a part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Reconciliation Ministry began in 1968 in response to the devastating murder of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This ministry and its work is nothing new to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). I’m proud that since the 1960’s the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has continued to encourage churches to find ways to take down the walls of division within our own communities of faith. Their work/our work is not done…You can find more here:
Glad to be in ministry with you! Peace, Kara