"In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family . . . " Galatians 3.28-29
Honest conversations about race and power have made a difference. Relationships have been built. Hearts are changing. Actions are in the works.
A common relationship in Christ has led to deeper relationship in the diverse family of United Methodists in the Ohio River Valley District. The events and dialogues among faithful disciples during the first quarter of 2015 have created energy for action. It's time to shift gears. "And since we are Christ's family . . . "
Several strategic directions emerged:
1) Strengthening relationships and building partnerships between United Methodist congregations and local police departments
2) Providing opportunity and encouragement for partnership between churches to deepen the dialogue, build bridges across differences, and share in mission and ministry together
3) Mobilizing and organizing the United Methodist Church in southwest Ohio to speak with power to civil authority at all levels of government
4) Developing gracious skills for difficult dialogue for courageous change
To accomplish these and other important strategies, leadership is needed. If you have been involved in the Come to the Table dialogues and are passionate to keep the effort moving, please reserve time on your calendar for a planning day on Sunday, May 17th (this is a date change) at New Vision United Methodist Church from 9am to 2pm. The day will be devoted to developing the strategies, timelines, resources, and relationships to achieve the strategic directions outlined above.
If you haven't been involved to date, but find your interest growing and your passion ignited, please come that day.