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Modern-day versions of Paul's letters to the churches with a focus on racial and social justice.

Dear Church, The 2020 Census will have a lasting Impact

By Allison Plyer | August 31, 2020

Dear Church,  By now you’ve heard that the 2020 Census will determine how much federal funding each community will get for healthcare, schools, housing, food assistance, and so much more. It will determine each community’s representation in Congress, in state legislatures, in city councils, and school boards. And businesses— large and small—will base their decisions…

Dear Church, Do You Serve a God Who Sees?

By Althea Holford | July 30, 2020

I write to you not as a theologian but as a parishioner, a follower, and a friend. I acknowledge that while the “church” is made up of each of us; it is also the institution to which I address today. We, the body of Christ, are called to such a time as this. Unrest, pandemic,…

Dear Church, The Virus Attacking the Body of Christ

By Steve Park | May 22, 2020

Dear Church, I am writing to you, sheltering in place with my family, from my home in Washington, D.C. in the midst of the 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has impacted the entire planet.  Our world has changed, and it will never be quite the same again. Nor should it. My prayer is that the…

Dear Church, Make Room for Lament

By Cathy Rice | April 15, 2020

Dear Church, I sit and write this letter in the confines of my home as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep through the entire world. If you wake up every morning only to realize that this was not all a bad dream, I am with you. If your voice does not resonate with the inspirational…

Dear Church, Choose We Not I

By Christina Bouler | March 28, 2020

Dear Church, I am always filled with a sense of wonder when I read the scriptural depiction of early church unity and the selfless manner in which first-century Christians served one another. When I graduated from architecture school just under four years ago, I searched for opportunities to apply this community ethic and to serve…

Dear Church, Resist Righteously

By David Robinson-Morris | February 29, 2020

Dear Church, I am a righteous resistor.    There are a number of passages that could relate to Black History Month, to the struggles that people of color and the marginalized have faced for centuries. I thought about the Ancestors, who were enslaved (but not slaves), who were persecuted, but knew without a shadow of a…

Dear Church, Practice the Gospel

By Andrew Greenhaw | January 31, 2020

Dear Church, I’m not a local to New Orleans. I have lived here almost 6 years now, but it’s not my native city, it’s not the culture in which I was raised. So there are certain customs and traditions that I wasn’t familiar with when I arrived, bits of New Orleans culture that I had…

Dear Church, Listen Beyond Your Racial Identity

By Mark Bauer | November 14, 2019

I remember being perplexed five years ago by images I saw on the news of civil unrest in Ferguson, MO following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man. I saw demonstrators destroying and setting fire to their own communities. “Who would do such a thing?” I wondered. I used that misunderstanding…

Dear Church, We are called to be reconcilers

By Maria Crossman Jahera Otieno | August 19, 2019

Dear Church, You don’t have to do racial reconciliation alone. There’s a whole community ready, willing, and waiting for you to lead us through healing from the deep wounds we all have from institutionalized and systemic inequity. As co-leaders for National Community Church’s Racial Reconciliation small group, we have seen the power of a Christ-centered…

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