Lord, Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary
I was heartened to see nearly 40 people stay after worship this past Sunday for a conversation on our upcoming Racial Justice Audit. I didn’t know how folks would react to the idea of an audit, and I quickly realized my worries had been for naught. Thank you for the the care and thought each of you brought to the discussion.
Our coffee hour conversation reminded me that churches ought to provide a safe space for difficult conversations. More times than not, I’ve discovered new best-case scenarios at CPCUCC, with view points I had not considered, and support I didn’t know I needed.
I love our congregation’s willingness to try new things. Whether it’s a quirky service format, fried cicadas at an outdoor social, or uncomfortable conversations around race and privilege, our community continues to inspire me. (Especially the fried cicadas.)
I am reminded of this quote from the late Rachel Held-Evans: “Imagine if every church became a place where everyone is safe, but no one is comfortable. Imagine if every church became a place where we told one another the truth. We might just create sanctuary.”
If you would like to learn more about the Racial Justice Audit, you can click here for a recording of our conversation last Sunday. You can also explore the foundational document for the audit, created by the Central Atlantic Conference. I am so grateful to the creators of this document for sharing their expertise, time, and energy with us.
In the spirit of new voices, help me in welcoming our July Preaching Fellow, the Rev. Kirk Johnson, this Sunday. Reverend Johnson will preach a month long series on Soul Care. I think we are in for a real treat.
Questions to Ponder:
- What does sanctuary mean to you?
- What does it look like to tell one another the truth?
- How can we, as a church, create safe space for one another to grow?
In peace and community and sanctuary,