Walking While Black

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

Dear Christ Church,
 
I was planning to just focus on our upcoming Parish Retreat, but in light of news from Tulsa and Charlotte this week, I want to take a moment to also direct our attention to the persistence of racial injustice in our country. The tension, protests, and riots are not just a response to the question of appropriate use of force in a particular occurrence; they are also the pent up frustration of generations of racism. Riots are not the answer, but neither is denial of the pain and experiences from which their outcry springs. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch says “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Walking While Black, by Garnette Cadogan, is an incredible piece of writing that helps me understand what it’s like to walk the streets of America as a black man. It deserves our time. Read it, and forward it to a friend. And let’s continue to pray for reconciliation in our land, contending for justice and peace.  
 
This October 28-30 is our Annual Parish Retreat, the can’t-miss Christ Church event of the fall. Here are the TOP 5 reasons to join us:
 
1] One weekend together can be worth many months of trying to meet people through Sunday worship and small groups.
 
2] For longtime parishioners there is nothing like it, no comparable opportunity to be a community of celebration and growth, laughter and love.
 
3] Because God’s Word is going to “dwell richly among us.” Through interactive and diverse formats we will be re-awakened and transformed by the incomparable power of scripture.
 
4] Live music and fajitas!  We will kick it all off Friday night with a local band and some good eats (be sure to arrive in time), followed by our first session.
 
5] High celebration. From the Saturday night Parish Fun to Sunday morning baptisms, we will celebrate the joy of community and the power of the gospel.
 
Learn more and register here!
 
Peace,
Cliff+