Building Bridges to Racial Unity


On March 11, Compassion, Peace & Justice (CPJ) committee members hosted 15 African-American community leaders for dinner and discussion on racism. Through this event, CPJ, on behalf of Unity, reached out to our neighbors and invited them to talk about their life experiences growing up and living in East Lincoln. CPJ members listened and learned a lot. One thing we learned is that despite enduring hurtful attitudes and behaviors through the years, African-American families here live a strong faith centered in God’s love.

God’s love filled Unity as together we spoke honestly about the past and present. With great trust and hope, we also looked forward and identified ways to become better friends and neighbors.   Suggestions included designing a version of our Meals & Mingles program, hosting special choir recitals, forming inter-church Bible studies, and inviting each other to respective church              functions. CP&J will study these ideas and report its recommendations to the Session. Kudos to Sam Sipes and Elaine Jenkins for planning and facilitating this significant and successful event. Thanks to Denita Sample and Fran Stewart for helping with the meal.