“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
Those are some audacious words and challenges! We have been given the ministry of reconciliation! We are ambassadors for Christ!
I often wonder what it would look like if that was how the church and Christian faith were perceived. What a vision for our lives, communities and this world. These words are saturated with hope. Reconciliation is the restoring of broken relationships. Of necessity, reconciliation begins with forgiveness. When and where trust is deeply broken, restoration is a process – sometimes, a lengthy one.
The Diocesan Commission on Reconciliation of All God’s Children is pleased to announce a weekend of events focusing on honing our skills for the ministry of reconciliation. Dr. Catherine Meeks, scholar and author of Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America will be our teacher and trainer. Dr. Meeks is the chair of the Diocese of Atlanta’s Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. Catherine is a remarkable woman. She will inspire and enthrall us.
All are invited to these events! You will be fed spiritually and transformed.
- Seeing the Face of God in Each Other, A Training Workshop Led by Dr. Catherine Meeks
Saturday, January 14: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 533 E Main St., Lexington, KY 40508
Cost: $20 (includes lunch, snacks and written materials) Scholarships are available upon request.
Registration needed by January 11, 2017. Please click here for more information, and to register.
Dr. Meeks will use the curriculum developed by The Episcopal Church, “Seeing the Face of God in Each Other.”
- Preaching and Holy Conversation
Sunday, January 15: 8:45 am & 11:00 am Eucharist & 10:00 am Community Forum
Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market St., Lexington, KY 40507
- A Forum: “What can we do to facilitate racial reconciliation in our churches and civic communities?”
Sunday, January 15: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 20235 Bellefonte Dr., Lexington, KY 40503
Award-winning journalist Tom Eblen of the Lexington-Herald Leader will interview Dr. Meeks at the community forum. There will be a diverse guest panel of clergy and civil leaders followed by questions and answers.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev’d Chris Brannock, St. Peter’s Paris