Just over three years ago our congregation entered into a covenant partnership with the First Baptist Church on New St. to “be a witness to the body of Christ through our developing relationship and through recognizing our shared history.” This covenant has led us into a rhythm of joint gatherings at Easter and Thanksgiving, as well as a deep-dive into conversations of race, racial violence, and the church just two falls ago. It’s led to friendships across our two congregations and has expanded our awareness and engagement with current issues of racial injustice in our community and larger culture.
It’s also changed our conversation internally at the church. Over these last three years we’ve grown more accustomed to talking about race, racism, and racial injustice as a church in ways we perhaps had not before. When significant events happen culturally regarding race or racial violence, we expect to lift them up, recognizing they have something to do with us. Our relationship with New St., fostered by our partnership with the New Baptist Covenant, has expanded our understanding of what it means to be a church of Jesus Christ.
This fall brings two opportunities for us to deepen our relationship with our brothers and sisters at New St., engage our partners at the New Baptist Covenant, and continue in this work of racial justice.Read More