Archive for February, 2017

Let’s tear down these fences

Monday, February 27th, 2017

There was a movie out recently called” Fences” starring Denzel Washington. In this movie there was an attempt to build a fence as the theme of the movie. I would like to use this word as an analogy for our current state of affairs nationally. And as a country. America has become a nation of fences separated by groups, ethnicities, race, sex and beliefs. As we think of fences, they are built either to keep something out or to keep something in; either way it creates division. (more…)

We need more grace and less privilege

Monday, February 20th, 2017

“There but for the grace of God go I.” I grew up in my Baptist heritage with that phrase. In my experience it was most often spoken in regard to some down-and-out person, with the speaker recognizing that all kinds of circumstances could have caused a reversal of roles. At its best, the phrase was an exclamation of humility and gratitude.

Grace is a word that is at the heart of the Christian vocabulary. It recognizes that, no matter how much our own efforts may have contributed to successful life circumstances, so very much has been simply given to us. (more…)

Blood at the Root: legend and history in Forsyth County

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Three years ago, when there was highly publicized racial unrest in the national news, local citizens in Rome organized One Community United.

Believing Rome to be an exceptional town, they decided to intentionally increase dialogue and to develop new friendships across racial lines. They started meeting monthly in small diverse groups to get to know each other better and to share personal stories. (more…)

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