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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The Confluence of recent events involving a pastor, a historic presidential candidacy, and a sister church in our denomination (Trinity UCC in Chicago), has prompted the leadership of the United Church of Christ to call for a "sacred conversation" among Amiercan church people about race and ethnicity in our culture. Why talk about this at church? Because corporate media outlets seem more interested in generating heat than light on the subject. Because the one place still the most segregated by choice in American life is the church sanctuary (and other houses of worship). Diverstiy is an unchanging fact in our culture. It is important for peole whose life journeys, political perspectives, and relgious experiences differ sharply, to speak openly and honstly with one another about issues important to everyone. We can live with respect, understanding and empathy, or we can live in scorn, division and acrimony. Join us this Sunday, May 18, and share in this sacred conversation. Lessons: Genesis 1:2-4; Psalm 8; Matthew 28:16-20; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13.

2 comments:

David said...

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.

Anonymous said...

David,
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.

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