This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. As members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we are "People of the Table." We join in communion every Sunday. The Communion Table is appropriately placed at the center of our Sanctuary. Every time we gather, in our committee and board meetings, we partake, together, of the bread and the cup. So, what makes communion this Sunday special? ...The World!
Hear Tonja, in her sermon, "The Width of the Table," encourage reflection on how Christians around the world are an interconnected family who joins in fellowship around this shared meal of loaf and cup. Christ welcomes us all. None are excluded for any reason!
Have you been wanting to do more in reducing your impact on the environment? Maybe you haven't started and are wondering what things you could do that would make a difference. Tomorrow begins an opportunity to both go further in the efforts you're already making and begin new habits altogether! Green Chalice: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is inviting all and any faith communities and individuals to participate in the 21-Day EcoChallenge October 3-24, 2018.
The EcoChallenge is a 21-day sustainability engagement program. Individuals and faith communities track and share their creation care progress online in a robust platform and earn points for taking action. It is free and open to the public, and may help kickstart some new habits.
For more information, visit https://2018.ecochallenge.org/
From Brandon Robertson, author of our book study this fall, "True Inclusion: Creating Communities of Radical Embrace,"
6 Ways to Embrace True Inclusion:
1. RETHINK. Be willing to hear how those in the minority experience your communities’ beliefs and practices and how they may perpetuate exclusion and oppression. Be open to changing those practices to be more inclusive. We must be willing to sacrifice disembodied dogmas in order to embrace flesh and blood human beings.
2. CLARITY. Take a public stand on the degree of your inclusivity. If you’re inclusive of women, sexual minorities, and people of color, say it. Marginalized people should never have to guess where you stand on their dignity and equality. If your church is “in process,” say that too. Be ruthlessly honest -- your community deserves it.
3. PLATFORM. Stop seeking to be a “voice for the voiceless” and instead, give the voiceless back their voice. Ensure minorities are centered in your communities’ public ministry and organizational structure, and be willing to listen and learn from their observations and perspectives which you are unable to see in your privileged position.
4. EMPATHY. It’s not enough to simply listen to the voices of minorities. We must create spaces where we practice deep listening, allowing the stories and experiences of minorities to be heard, validated, and deeply empathized with. Unless we’re willing to truly hear the stories of the marginalized, we will not be capable of working for their full liberation and inclusion.
5. SACRIFICE.Being truly inclusive will require changing your standards of success -- if you’re trying to build the biggest faith community, then becoming inclusive will not help you. But if you’re seeking to build a community of transformation, redemption, and justice, then be inclusive, and embrace the reality that your church will become a revolving door of healing and growth. Understand that the size of a community doesn’t equal platform or influence.
6. INTERSECTIONALITY. You cannot be inclusive of one minority group without being inclusive of others -- this is the reality of intersectionality. All systems of oppression are linked together and therefore, if you move towards the liberation of one group, you must also seek the liberation of the others. Be committed to preaching, acting, and organizing on behalf of all oppressed peoples and refuse to buy into the lie that you can only address one issue at a time.