‘Do not remember the things of old,’ the Prophet says. I’m actually pretty good at that one; I have a hard time remembering what happened yesterday, let alone the things of old. Something comes in one ear and, unless I write it down, out the other. Anybody have that trouble?
An abbreviation for Reflection, Action, Courageous Dialogue, and Engagement, the DSC RACE Coalition actively works to promote racially-focused education and dialogue within the DSC, as well as eliminate all forms of racism within the conference. Sitting on the DSC RACE Coalition are Rev. Javier Olivares, Julie O’Neal, Pastor Diamond Pate, Rev. Timote Piukala, Rev. Kimberly Scott, Rev. Khalif Smith, Pastor Christopher Wurpts, with DSC representation by Billie Fidlin.
Listening is essential for all of us at such a time as this in the world and in the Church when there is so much fracture and division and finger pointing, when we tend to be better at shouting at each other than hearing one another. And it’s important for us to listen especially closely to those who are often devalued or sent away.
The murder of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the hate crime causing George Floyd’s horrific death have brought our nation and our church to a tipping place. The Appointive Cabinet denounces the sin of systemic racism and commits to taking action to end a culture of white privilege in our society and in our church.
Change can start with the voice and actions of one person, though it can’t stop there. Real change is dependent on the “many” becoming involved. Do we care enough to become involved? This is a question for us both as individuals, and as churches.