A Journey Of Justice and Healing
So, what's so famous about the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama? It was the cite of Bloody Sunday, a Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery that happened March 7, 1965. The march ended in a violent clash in which police used excessive force to crush the otherwise peaceful demonstration. The event drew national media attention and became one of hundreds of catalyzing events in the Civil Rights Movement.
I had the opportunity to visit Selma about a year ago on an adventure called the Justice Journey - a trip that involved an equal number of white and black pastors and community leaders from Omaha. For me, visiting the historic site myself brought a sober reality deeper into my heart and mind. We belong to a country where deep wounds penetrate our social history. Without understanding where those wounds have come from, how can we ever experience an equally deep and penetrating healing from them?
Healing the Racial Divide is an attempt to revisit the wounds, to hear what they are saying to us and spark a new imagination for the Kingdom of Jesus. Jesus calls us into a kingdom of reconciliation and peace. A kingdom where all his people dwell together with him under his leadership. Healing the Racial Divide will be a starting point for many. It will be a transition point for others. And maybe for others the opportunity to encourage those just beginning with lessons years of efforts in reconciliation have taught.
We'll be posting some of our session materials on-line, but the best way to enjoy Healing the Racial Divide is to come on out and join the class. June 6th - June 27th on Sunday's at 9:00am at CCC Old-Mill. Come be a part!
- Week One: Awareness - Where does racism come from and is it still with us today?
- Week Two: Identity - What is ethnic identity and why does it matter?
- Week Three: Engagement - How can we help heal the divide?
- Week Four: Worship experience with our sister church Salem Baptist Church