Today I will attend the funeral of my maternal uncle. He is the last of his generation and the elders of our tribe. That side of the family is Catholic. I will attend as a defector of the faith of the family. I am not attending as a lapsed Catholic, but as a baptized Baptist, an ordained minister and member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This reunion of family and friends will take place during the visit of Pope Francis to the United States. My family is likely heartened and proud of this Pope and their relationship to his faith and the Catholic Church in this their time of deep grief. Continue reading Go back, be reconciled
“We need prayer George. Tell your viewers to pray for the families of victims and for our nation. Our nation and world need prayer, George.” These are the words spoken by a community leader this morning during a live interview on Good Morning
America news television broadcast.
When tragedy visits our communities, it is our natural inclination to seek refuge in the church. On last evening, June 17th, 2015 an historic church of the community was targeted in a suspected hate crime and tragic loss of life. One day later, though shaken, the Church continues to serve as the place of refuge. Our faith does not have its foundation in brick and mortar, but in the Church universal – the beloved community and family of God. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in our embodiment of “unity as our polar star” stands in solidarity with the families and the community of Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Their unconscionable loss and their palpable grief can be felt throughout the entire world and body of believers.