by Rev. Kathy Bouchard:
A letter arrived last week from the Office of the General Minister and President (OGMP). It is a call for Disciples of Christ congregations to join our brothers and sisters in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church by participating in a Sunday of “Confession, Repentance and Commitment to End Racism” on Sept. 6. Even before the letter arrived, I was carrying the question of how we might best respond to the issue of racism that has come to our attention with recent racially motivated violence across our country.
Following my sermon on June 27 in which I focused on the horrific murder of nine church members who were attending Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Church, a few members asked me, “What can we do?” Since then, I’ve been asking that same question, seeking out resources that might assist a predominantly white congregation that wants to be part of the solution. This coming Sunday I’ll be sharing some of what I’ve found as I return to the pulpit. Although there are no easy answers, the good news is that there are people among us who seem ready to face the difficult questions.
I hope you will worship with us on Sunday as we answer this ecumenical call to stand alongside our brothers and sisters of the AME Church. As the letter from our OGMP states, “One Sunday is a place to begin. Our ecumenical family is calling us to join them on a difficult journey. We are not alone. Jesus accompanies us as we reach out to bridge the divides between us. This, too, is part of being a movement for wholeness. Let us go forward together.”