In this contentious campaign season, we write as leaders who have witnessed firsthand the prophecy of our Lord that "five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three;" (Luke 12:52 NRSV). In a week when we have gathered to confer about the spiritual health of our church, both sides of America's divided family have called one another racist. As a body that has claimed a pro-reconciliation, anti-racist priority for two decades, we the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada write to offer a word of hope from our experience.
CWCC will be hosting a special Iftar (break fast) dinner with the Turkish American Society of Michigan on Thursday evening, July 30. TASMich has offered to bring dinner to us so we can share with them in breaking their fast. We were blessed on Pentecost Sunday by their gift of Noah's Pudding. Now, we will continue to build relationships around the dinner table.
The event begins at 8 pm with a program and fellowship. Dinner will be served at sundown, and will end around 10 pm. To RSVP send a message to the office. We need to provide a count by June 27. Please join us!
The Gospel in Action – Flint has been launched to address the water crisis for residents of Flint Michigan, drawing upon four Disciples and United Church of Christ partners in the effort, said the Rev. Eugene W. James, Jr., Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Michigan Region. Vermont Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1201 Lippincott Boulevard, Flint, has been designated a water distribution point as the city strives to provide safe water to its residents.
Sarah Wright becomes CWCC Office Manager, succeeding Linda Stanley, this December. Training began December 1. December 14 it's all hers. Thanks be to God for Linda and now sending us Sarah.
We unequivocally deplore and mourn the senselessness that leads people to believe that violence will bring peace and justice, much less honor or blessing. Whether carried out by non- or quasi-state actors in the name of an ideology or religion, or by states in the name of national security, we have seen repeatedly that the largest numbers of victims are innocent of any crime, and undeserving of any such fate. We are not blind to the real threats that exist in our world. We have seen attacks and assaults perpetrated by individuals and groups, states and coalitions take the lives of many, and destroy the hopes and dreams, aspirations and futures of many more. We, too, desire safety and to be free of fear.