In this day and age, we have the most access to information than at any time in history. We can carry a library of information in our pocket and learn from the voices of experts with one quick search of the Internet. But when it comes to some of the most sensitive and challenging topics of our time, none of that seems to make a difference. With all of this information at our fingertips, is reading thousands of words the answer?
Maybe we need to simplify to one: one bag of tea, one conversation, and one relationship. Conversations spark meaningful relationships. Meaningful relationships move us to understanding, love, and compassion. Together, we can start changing the narrative of this world by having personal, deepening, honest, supportive, and faith-building relationships. As we endeavor to work for racial and social justice, and to ensure radical welcome for all, we know that we can only accomplish these goals if we know each other better. Hear Tonja this Sunday, when we will take our offering for the Reconciliation Ministry, encourage us to see the power of One Bag of Tea, based on the scriptures Romans 12:9-21 and 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22.