There is a "movement" afoot within and without our Church that is propelling us toward unity and away from language and behavior that divides. Sunday, January 18, 2009 will be an historic worship opportunity in the life of our country and our Church. It is the eve of the celebration of a great American hero, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the inauguration of the first African American President of the United States. Reconciliation Ministry is seeking submissions of sermons, meditations and reflections that will be preached on this historic Sunday to be compiled later next year in a Churchwide resource for publication for congregational and small group study.
The goal of this resource is to serve as a tool for our congregations and communities to advance a conversation around reconciliation and racial justice. This resource is not meant to be a political commentary. It is intended to equip churches with models and ideas that acknowledge our divisive history while simultaneously uncovering new ways of living into our call to unity, reconciliation and an anti-racist identity. Forward submissions and/or questions to April Johnson, Minister of Reconciliation at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions will be considered through Friday, January 30.