An Invitation to Conversations

Sunday, May 18, 2008 – a day to talk about race and racism.

The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. has invited all of its member churches to make May 18, 2008 (Trinity Sunday), a day for “sacred conversations” on race.  The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has joined this effort. Linda Valentine, Executive Director of the General Assembly Council and the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, Stated Clerk, invite Presbyterian congregations to participate.

Worship resources have been created for this day. Worship resources related to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day may also be useful. Study resources are also available.

Of course many Presbyterians and others are already engaged in conversations and shared ministry. And such efforts need to continue well after May 18. This day is a step — an important step because it is a step we take together with our sisters and brothers — on an ongoing journey. May the Holy Spirit use this occasion to unite and renew us as the body of Christ where all are one.

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

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