FBC Macon

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We’re proud of our Baptist history and heritage, but we’re also proud of our diversity. At First Baptist you will find a group of people coming from a variety of different church backgrounds and denominations who have found a home at the “top of Poplar.” And while our congregation comes from all over middle Georgia, we are a downtown church and see it is our mission to be the presence of Christ to our InTown and College Hill communities here in Macon.

Hopes and Fears

“My hope—and my fear—is that I’ll feel responsible.”

This was the response of one of our members two Friday evenings ago when a group of us met with some friends from First Baptist Church on New St. to prepare for our pilgrimage to Montgomery, Alabama.

We would leave the next morning to embark on this journey to experience some of the Civil Rights cites there, highlighted by a trip to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. This stirring memorial, which opened earlier this year, was built to honor the over 4,000 known victims of lynching in America and the untold number of other victims of racial violence in this country. 

The memorial is a project of the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization led by Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the Unite States. EJI believes mass incarceration is rooted in our nation’s history of racial violence, beginning with slavery, continuing through Jim Crow, and taking on new, legalized forms post-Civil Rights Era. The accompanying Legacy Museum in downtown Montgomery traces this history in powerful, often gut-wrenching detail.

We knew this experience would be emotionally and spiritually demanding and that making this journey together would be even riskier. So we followed the pattern we established three years ago when our two churches covenanted together to grow in relationship—a pattern which itself follows the one of Jesus when he gathered with his friends around a table that final night. We ate supper together.

After reviewing the itinerary for the day ahead, we went around the table and shared our hopes and fears for what we would see and experience the next day. I can still feel the sudden tenderness and vulnerability of the room as we voiced these things before God and each other, somehow making them real.

Of course, the content of our sharing differed, importantly, depending on the congregation we represented. For those of us from “the church on the hill,” our hopes and fears were some version of the quote I shared at the start: that we would feel responsible, knowing this responsibility would bring pain, but also the conditions necessary for healing. For those from New St., the hopes and fears were rooted in the unearthing of painful memories of injustice, anger and fear passed down through the years. 

Yet, all of these were rooted in the same truth that led the Equal Justice Initiative to build this memorial in the first place, which Richard Rohr has said so well: if pain is not transformed, it will be transmitted. In other words, if we cannot fully address and accept and atone for the pain of our past, that same pain will be passed down. 

There will be more to share about this trip, and we hope it will lead us into this next phase of our covenant together. But whatever lies ahead for our two congregations and the life together we continue to uncover, we may look back and say it began that night, around that table, with that broken bread and those cups being shared.

And those familiar words will take on new and deep meaning, “As often as you do these things…”

SHD

WEEKLY SERVICES

Sunday
Sunday School at 9:45am
Morning Worship at 11:00am

Wednesday Evening
We begin with a meal at 5:30pm. Music and missions activities are available for adults, youth, and kids. Learn More

 

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511 High Place
Macon, GA 31201
Directions to FBCX

Telephone: 1.478.742.6485

Email: office@fbcxmacon.org


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