At least you admit that this is rooted in the absurd comments by one pastor - many others paint this "sacered conversation" as a significant step in race relations. I wish we had this "conversation" under different circumstances, not to provide cover for the UCC and Wright.
I think the conversations may not have been clearly explained. Speakouts on race relations often begin with some galvanizing event such as slavery, lynching, segregation, hate crimes or, in this case, a gross over-reaction to a distorted view of a minister's sound-bitten words.
That does not, however, invalidate the speaking out. The sacred conversations were not covering, but uncovering the festering wound of racism both within and without the UCC. If you don't see racism in America, or the need to confront it, then Rev. Wright is talking right to you.
Our hope and belief is that this "sacred conversation" is itself a galvanizing event in an ongoing effort to understand and confront the racism that hides behind polite aversions and poisoned awkwardness in the presence of the "other." Too often, our resistance to the imperfections of an event or person causes "enterprises of great pitch and moment with this regard their currents turn awry and lose the name of action." The movement away from racism is an enterprise of surpassingly great pitch and moment.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary by Rev. Rick Skidmore and Rev. Jim Ogden.
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