This week, persons in the commissioning and ordination process will take the Freedom Ride throughout eastern North Carolina to learn more about our past and see the places where racism has stood or may continue to stand in the way of ministry to all people.
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ.
This week, the Freedom Ride is unfolding. Those making the journey between commissioning and ordination are riding across eastern North Carolina, visiting places to learn the history of our life together and to engage with those who are in fruitful ministry across our annual conference. Together, we are learning more about our past, the racism which continues to linger in our society and which is a hindrance to our effectiveness in ministry. We are learning as we speak with people who creatively are moving out into the world with courage, to envision and put in place, ministries that are fruitful with all people.
I invite your prayers for all who are called into Christ’s ministry, for all who are discerning this way forward, for all who are on the Freedom Ride this week and indeed for all our life together, our clergy and laity in every place. May we be bold to read of what has been, to hear it in all its pain and starkness. May we be courageous in creating conversations with one another and may we be bold in envisioning a new tomorrow for all God’s people.