That we are in a challenging season is the understatement of the year and maybe the decade. The church and the society are for example fighting for health and shalom for all God's children as we face two prominent viruses. The one is the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and the other is virulent racism. The one is new, the other old. This doesn't even name the anxiety about what's ahead for the United Methodist Church. So I say again, this is a challenging season.
Such seasons are an opportunity to engage as never before. To that end I have initiated some conversations via Zoom that will be recorded and posted. The goal is to provoke conversations that move us to action. We are good at words as a church and a society. We have resolutions that represent fine aspirations but action and change are often slow to come on many things. Thus the title Faith & Works based on James 2:14-17:
"What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill', and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead."
I may come up with a better title later but for now I'll stick with Faith & Works. I am starting off with conversations focused on race without apology. Be assured I won't be limited to that. We have lots to discuss and more to do. So click here and enjoy my first venture as I talk with Pastor F. Willis Johnson. Johnson authored Holding Up Your Corner: Talking About Race in Your Community, and is a sought after thought-leader who empowers individuals and communities towards prophetic response—healing, justice and reconciliation.
Be encouraged in the one who leads us in the power of the Holy Spirit,
the Risen Jesus.
+Bishop Gregory V. Palmer