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Call for Response to Racial Injustice

The Journey is Long

One of my close friends from seminary is a UCC pastor in Williston, VT. Last Sunday he preached a challenge to his congregation and I was blessed to be able to read his words later in the week. Paul’s words remind us that the work we have begun is truly only a beginning, the journey we are on IS long, it’s challenging and sometimes down-right hard work, but we, God’s people must never tire of seeking justice, reconciliation and peace among our sisters and brothers. 

“The journey is long…” An excerpt from my (Rev. Paul Eyer, Pastor) sermon at Williston Federated Church on June 21, 2020:

“The road to eradicate racism that is embedded in our society and in ourselves—the road to remove racist assumptions that are baked into our very beings—the road into that wilderness is long and hard.  We cannot sprint triumphantly toward the finish line, because the finish line is far away.  This is more than a marathon.
And not only is the journey long, but it can be painful.  There will be missteps.  There will be misunderstandings.  There will be hurt feelings.  Responding meaningfully to the cries of our brothers and sisters of color will not be easy…
But this is a journey that no longer seems optional.  This is a call that must be responded to.  It is a cry of distress that cannot be ignored.  So let us make ready for the journey.”

After reading Paul’s words, if you would like to join the UM Bishops and others who led a service of Lament, Repentance, Communion and Commitment on Wednesday, June 24, it can be found here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y0SDae5_z4

Rev. Dr. Kathy Harvey Nelson, DirectorCenter for Spiritual Formation, Inc. www.centerformation.org