Proclaiming the Dream
We gather to publicly reckon and share about the history and reality of race, and to proclaim our dream of Beloved Community through prayer, preaching, conversation and public witness.
We will proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.
- How can we publicly acknowledge things done and left undone?
- What does Beloved Community look like?
- What behaviors and commitments foster healing, reconciliation and justice?
- Regional Public Sacred Listening
- Regional Public Learning Engagements
Proclaiming the Dream of Beloved Community
When Isaiah declares that God has sent him “to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners” (Is. 61:1), he speaks of the work of proclaiming the dream. Becoming beloved community is not an all-at-once kind of thing. It takes time and patience in the midst of ongoing suffering and injustice. The work of continuing to proclaim the dream through prayer, preaching, conversation and public witness is what keeps our goals in front of us, even when our eyes are cast downward in frustration, fatigue, and futility.
Proclaiming the dream reminds us of the promised land we have not yet entered. Where truth-telling is focused on the past and the present, proclamation is focused on the future. We may begin our proclamation, therefore, and then find ourselves needing to explore the truth in order to find our path to that future. We may proclaim the dream but find ourselves needing to practice the way of love in order to take our first steps towards the dream we have proclaimed. We may be so inspired by the proclamation that we are moved to take action. Some resources in this section may point the way back into those other portions of the labyrinth, while others may leave you to find your own way.
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