A large group gathered at First Methodist Church to watch the documentary film, “White Like Me.” I found it to be a powerful analysis of white privilege and racism in this country. No one is exempt from the effects of these phenomena. They are deeply embedded in our cultural values and social systems. Though I imagine most of us long for the day when privilege and prejudice may be laid to rest, we aren’t there yet. Whatever progress we’ve made toward social and cultural change is not nearly enough. We still have a long way to go.
One of things that Pastor Kaloma Smith kept asking us Monday night is what are we going to do. It’s one thing to sit and watch a powerful movie, to feel the struggle and pain, to share our stories of the past and present; it’s another thing to seek out and commit ourselves to the actions that will make life different. One commitment is to keep talking and listening and learning from one another. Another suggestion is to speak up when we are aware of the exercise of white privilege and racism whenever and wherever we encounter them, regardless of the personal or social price. Chip Clark attended a pre-screening planning meeting for an event for children in our community to be held at Mitchell Park in September. What ideas do you have to move along this needed change in our own community and the wider world?
Sunday as we continue our journey of “Adventure with the Spirit of God,” we will focus on “The Spirit of Power.” Again, there are several texts suggested by Brian McLaren. I’ve chosen one from 1Thessalonians, the oldest writing in the New Testament. Here Paul exhorts the congregation to “encourage one another and build each other up.” What better way to consolidate and motivate the power of a community to bear witness to and work for God’s Beloved Community on earth?
Join us at 10:00 AM for worship, followed by Patio Hour. Alan Plessinger will be hosting us for a special treat – an ice cream social! Bring someone along to share the experience with you.
May we continue to grow together as God’s people.