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

Dear Church, God’s Children Need More

By Carla Briggs | September 23, 2018

Dear Church, As a Christian and an educator in New Orleans Public Schools, I recognize the need for God’s children to have backpacks and school supplies, but we may be limiting the way we see God’s power manifested to transform our world. God’s children need more; they need the grace and courtesy to walk with…

Dear Church, Refuse to be in Denial

By Melissa Stek | July 17, 2018

Dear Church, I write to you to admit that I am a recovering racist, working to overcome the lies ingrained in me by white supremacy and a racialized society. I share this to be transparent with you, to own up to and change the ways I’ve bought into the illusion of race and white supremacy,…

Dear Church, Music Can Bridge the Divide

By Joel Buckner | June 17, 2018

Dear Church, In 1979, President Jimmy Carter declared June, Black Music Month. Later in 2009, President Obama renamed it African-American Music Appreciation Month. This month was created to celebrate the influence African-Americans have had throughout the world by their music that has been created. It tells stories of faith, freedom, love, and justice. For years,…

Dear Church, Lest We Forget Our Need for Repentance

By Jonathan Tolbert | May 15, 2018

Dear Church, Where does reconciliation start in America and are we even ready? Where does the church fit in? I think it’s important to try to understand the rich and complicated history of the church in America before we can answer either of those questions. Our country is deeply forgetful; one could say we have…

Dear Church, It’s Time to Take Responsibility for Your Politics

By Ivy Grimes | April 13, 2018

Dear Church, As a white kid growing up in rural Alabama, I was exposed to a lot of church and a lot of racism at an early age. I’ve attended churches that were overtly racist, where people felt free to make racist jokes and say that marrying someone of another race was Biblically forbidden. I’ve…

Dear Church, This is no time for complacency. Action is required.

By Amanda Gann | March 14, 2018

Dear Church,  Over 60 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr., stated: “A solution of the present crisis will not take place unless men and women work for it. Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Even a superficial look at history reveals that no social advance rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. Every stop…

Dear Church, Let’s talk about some history

By Danielle Blevins | February 12, 2018

Dear Church, Let’s talk about some history. On December 31, 1862, New Year’s Eve, thousands of free and escaped slaves gathered in churches across the North (and some in the South) to anxiously await January 1. On Freedom’s Eve, they waited for freedom to come. Then-President Lincoln’s the Emancipation Proclamation was set to go in…

Dear Church, What is Your Why?

By Kahlida Lloyd | January 15, 2018

Dear Church, What is your why? Why do you exist? … As a Jesus lover and follower and founder of Mission Reconcile, I sometimes wonder if the churches of today are executing their purpose and their reason for existence. Are the churches of today functioning like the beginning churches in the book of Acts?  To…

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