Archive for August, 2014

Dear Kindred in the Spirit,

As Christians, we cannot look away from the hurting places in our world and in ourselves and pretend we have no part in them. As members of ELUMC, our mission is to raise the level of hope for those who cry out for love and justice….

We have seen many calling out for justice with the tragic deaths of African American sons. As we mourn the loss of Michael Brown in Ferguson MO, and before we are too quick to lay blame at the feet of the police or some federal policy and walk away, let us examine our own mindset of fear…. because all lives matter and we must do more than just throw our hands up.
… no matter who we are, no matter where we live, we all have the opportunity to respond to what has been happening in Ferguson. And the best thing we can do to respond is to confront prejudice in our own communities.

Here (starting below) is a thoughtful piece from the Huffington Post by Rev. Vicki Flippin who will be speaking at the “In the Midst of New Dimensions” Conference that we’re helping plan, Oct 3-4 at Lexington UMC. If you want to be part of the group that’s attending (I think we have 6 currently), let us know. The deadline for early registration discount is fast approaching.

FYI: I’ve been trying to post more often on FB and the ELUMC blog (and through ELUMC and Reconciling Ministries Network tweets) then through this unreliable email system so if you can, set up your system to follow posts there.


A few days ago, I was sitting with my African American husband and multi-racial daughter on a bench on the Upper West Side. An older white woman walked by and started talking to us. I cannot tell you how it happened, but small talk about the unseasonably cool weather suddenly turned to comments on the situation in Ferguson. “Racism is definitely not over,” she pronounced to us. We nodded in agreement. “Although…” she began. Uh oh, I thought. Then the woman began … ( more …)


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