In 2013, a group of clergy and lay-leaders from across the region gathered to reinstitute the Region’s Reconciliation Ministries. The Region has had several stops and starts with this all-important ministry, and the gathered group determined to give their best to promote reconciliation ministry in the Region.
With the support and blessing of the Region and leadership from Dean Bucalos and Darrell Hayden, meetings have been convened that seek to model deep, Spirit-led intentional dialogue and study. This year, the 14 committed persons continue to study of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Color Blindness,” by Michelle Alexander. Many agree with her when she writes, “The mass incarceration of people of color in the U.S. is the most pressing and least acknowledged racial justice issue of our time. We must birth a human rights movement that celebrates dignity and values of all people – a movement that seeks education, not incarceration; jobs, not jails.” The group continues to gather, committed to open dialogue. Led by the Spirit, they seek to develop educational, worship and fellowship events throughout the region knowing it will move us toward a future where we all work together for justice to ensure radical welcome and access to God’s abundant resources for all of God’s people.
This group, along with the Green Chalice Ministries, is submitting a resolution regarding environmental racism to the Christian Church (DOC) 2015 General Assembly. With the help of the Holy Spirit, the group is determining the next steps to take to provide educational forums and conversation throughout the Region.
If you have an interest in becoming a part of this ministry, please contact Linda Jones.