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The Tabernacle, according to the Hebrew Bible, was the portable earthly dwelling place for the divine presence, from the time of the Exodus from Egypt through the conquering of the land of Canaan.

When the Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC) erected a tabernacle across the street from the 2012 General Conference in Florida, I experienced that divine presence amidst the disciples gathered there.

Each day meals were shared, noon-day speakers inspired, strategies were discussed, props were made, articles written (that was one of my jobs), and stories shared. We worked to welcome international delegates with familiar foods and languages we spoke poorly (but the attempt was graciously received). Every day was an opportunity to share our passion for Jesus and justice and find common ground.

The close proximity to the Conference Center made all the difference. Delegates had to pass by the Love Your Neighbor witness daily. They saw our prayers (written on strips of fabric tied to a fence) wave in the wind. They witnessed hundreds of volunteers dedicated to a church with open hearts, open minds, and open doors. They couldn’t help but see our commitment to love our neighbors.

The Coalition is once again planning a tabernacle raising in Portland at the 2016 General Conference. They need to raise another $40k by May 8. If you can help, please donate. And pray for us May 10 – 20 as we seek the divine presence in our global gathering.IMG_0741


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