Friday, June 10, 2005

Addressing the Yuck-Factor

Here's a little something my missional community has a little something to do with this weekend . . .

Tomball pastors pray for inter-racial unity as KKK holds public meeting

Tomball, Texas -- A coalition of Christian pastors in Tomball is joining together to pray for inter-racial unity and reconciliation prior to and during a KKK public rally at the Tomball Community Center Saturday, June 11.

On Friday, June 10 at 3 p.m., members of the Ministerial Alliance of Tomball and representatives from local congregations will gather at the center to pray for the community’s safety and peace throughout the controversial event. During the Saturday rally, several local churches have scheduled simultaneous prayer gatherings. Main Street Crossing, a music and meeting venue one block north and east of the Tomball Community Center, will also be a gathering point for silent prayer and reflection.

“While some may choose to take advantage of the public protest area designated by the city, we are opting to rely on the power of prayer to change minds and hearts,” noted _____ the spokesperson for the Ministerial Alliance. “But our silent prayers should not be mistaken as a lack of opposition. We simply choose acts of reconciliation over acts of hatred.”

On Thursday the Alliance released the following statement:

Christian congregations of Tomball want to take this opportunity to apologize to the African American community for being slow to join them in their struggle for civil rights. We acknowledge that there is still much progress to be made and that we have much to learn and to understand. We’re praying that as followers of Christ we will be more responsive to injustice now and in the future.

We’re taking this opportunity to remind ourselves that the primary teaching of Jesus is the way of love, and that we’re to love even those with whom we disagree. We acknowledge that far too often our actions and responses have not been very loving.

We’re taking this opportunity to pray for our community. We pray that our community will be known as a place of reconciliation & justice. We pray that our community will be a place where every person loves God with heart, soul, mind, & strength and where neighbors love one another as they love themselves.

1 comment:

James Herrington said...

Right on, Karen!