By Kisten Thompson
Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday is January 15 and the third Monday of January is now a Federal holiday where we commemorate his remarkable work and legacy on behalf of racial justice and commitment to change and racial equality through non-violence. To help mark this date, two members of Christ the King’s Racial Justice Working Group will be sharing their gifts with us in this morning’s worship: Nathan Lemke and two of his children are leading the Children’s Message, reading and talking about the book, The Other Side; Priscilla Berg is sharing possibilities for partnership with New Brighton during a Mission Moment.
Then following worship, you all are invited to zoom fellowship where we can see each other and talk together, not only about how we’re all doing, but also reflecting together on what Priscilla and Nathan shared in worship. Even as Christ the King is in transition and needs to adjust some of how we’re doing ministry together, the work of Racial Justice continues.
And Racial Justice group invites you to a zoom event this Thursday, January 20 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for a guided conversation from Come Together for Racial Justice. From their invitation: “Next week's gathering will be grounded in a conversation between three wonderful, Black voices: Pastor Kelly "PK" Chatman, Pastor Babette Chatman, and Rev. Dr. Robin Bell. If you know these three you know that the conversation is bound to be juicy!” Pastor Kelly and Pastor Babette are both well known to Christ the King through Local Mission Partners-it’s wonderful to hear them speak!
I’ve been attending these zoom meetings and have found them to be insightful, helpful and life-giving. We meet via zoom (there have been around 100-150 people from all around the country); we listen to the speakers and then go to break out rooms for small group conversation with other participants. What better way to learn and build relationships! I hope that you can join this group. Here is a link to learn more: CLNE COME TOGETHER.
Peace to all!
Pastor Kisten Thompson, Bridge Pastor, on behalf of Racial Justice Working Group