An Invitation to Dialogue

And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  (Micah 6:8)

Recent events surrounding the tragic murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have once again caused our society to wrestle with issues associated with race. People of color are speaking out about the injustices and pain that they have experienced throughout history and today, things that white people cannot fully know or understand. They point out that responsibility for change is not borne by racists and white supremacists alone. We are all called to listen, learn, and act. They ask us all to address problems of systemic racism and implicit bias in our society.

So how are we as Christians, and specifically we as Yates Baptist Church to respond to this call?  We have a moral responsibility to our community here in Durham to first recognize and acknowledge these sins of inequality, stand with our black brothers and sisters with compassion, and then work with them toward a more equal and just community.

We do not know how to do this.  But together and with the Holy Spirit we can journey toward understanding.  If you are interested in listening, learning, praying, discussing, reading, and working together, please join us for an initial gathering on Thursday, June 25, at 7:00 pm via Zoom.

Micah 6:8 above is a favorite verse for many.  God speaks to us plainly in The Message, giving us this powerful and clear translation: But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do.  What God is looking for in men and women.  It’s quite simple:  Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously.  Take God seriously.

— John Shelton and Susan LeGrand

Susan LeGrand is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Discussion on Race and Inequality
Time: Jun 25, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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