Greetings Brave Saints & Praise Be To God who is the Head of My life!
When Christians begin to talk about reconciliation we must not begin with racial reconciliation. I believe we must begin this conversation with a new vocabulary. We must be reminded that Paul insists that we live out of our brokenness as new creatures, the old has passed away. Paul's appeal to us is that we be reconciled to God! Seeking Him first, seeking His way — his righteousness and our life together will bear the fruit of His reconciliation.
I would like to invite folk to a beginning in this forum where we reach for a common vocabulary to communicate through our cultural bias; and that perhaps our goal is just to listen to each other and risk vulnerability. There is no right or wrong question or response that is spurred by the Holy Spirit. I will commit to staying connected especially through the tough spots.
We must create a safe place for dialogue. A place where we grow and become more effective communicators across culture and race. A possible start — How do we understand what reconciliation means alone? add racial reconciliation? next biblical racial reconciliation? Let's create a forum on reconciliation in the church that will glorify God, build up the faith and provide pathways for healing and hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen! Say it Again!
Rev. Angela Taylor Perry Pastor of Reconciliation Faith CRC