January 10, 2018
This week, I had an epiphany. No. Really! I discovered something that blew my mind. I attended the Village of Hope meeting on Monday, and was transformed.
I noticed the faithfulness of those in attendance. There were Plymouth members who were happily in the circle, engaged in conversations on white privilege and antiracism, and my heart felt full of joy. These conversations are never easy. However, dialogue is the beginning of finding our way toward healing and wholeness to which God in Jesus Christ calls.
I also felt the frustration of committed ones who have attended meetings, read the books and done some internal work, but are looking diligently for marching orders. Ultimately, my heart is full of gratitude and pride that as a community, Plymouth is doing this transformative work of dismantling racism and white supremacy together. However, as a prophet, I often struggle because I am happy to sound the alarm and put words into the vacuum spaces of power that often have no testimony or witness from the unheard to support the call of the Spirit.
In those moments, I felt the responsibility to craft part of our way forward. Here are some steps we might engage together:
There is so much more we can do. And these are some beginning steps that will lead us to a new level of grace for one another, and make us ready for what lies ahead. Know that I pray for us all as we embark on this journey, and that God guides our every step. Blessed be. – Rev. Kelle Brown
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