The Common Good

Vision of a New Day

The first thing I read this morning was a reflection on the meaning of this week's events for the church. It comes from Catherine Gilliard, president of the African-American Ministers Association of the Evangelical Covenant Church, and pastor of the Commissioned Disciples Covenant Church of Stone Mountain, Georgia (don't you love that name!). It was a great way to start my day, and I commend Catherine's insightful and moving article to you. It's titled "Reflection: Vision of a New Day."

This is our moment, as leaders of the church, to bring deeper discussion about race and the steps we need to take for authentic formation to emerge in this more hopeful nation. This is our moment, as leaders in the church, to authentically deepen our relationships with other cultures and ethnicities around the communion table that unites us in Christ. And this is our moment, as leaders within the church, to deepen the dialogue about what it will take to dismantle the walls that must be torn down in order for the new community to emerge.

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