Building Community with Justice and Peace
September 15, 2016, 10:00 AM

O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

BCP 824

As you know by now, the KKK is planning a recruiting rally here in Madison on September 24, during Chautauqua weekend. Their event will be held at Fireman’s Park at the foot of Jefferson Street.  The Greater Madison Ministerial Association, of which Christ Church is a member, is planning a prayer vigil that day, at Noon at the Broadway Fountain.  We wish to celebrate the good things about our community and its dedication to inclusivity, justice, peace, and love, and thank all who work for these goals. 

Are there problems here? You know there are. The GMMA hopes that in offering this occasion, residents may be encouraged to come together in a concerted and intentional effort to build on our common strengths, share our stories in respect, and address our problems together.

There will be other responses to the Klan presence; chief among them a counter-demonstration across near the Klan rally, which is designed to be a peaceful event – again, one of celebration that stresses the good things about Jefferson County.  The group sponsoring this event, Jefferson County United, will be receiving training on non-violence and peacekeeping from civil rights activists in Louisville.

The group provides this statement of purpose:  “We commit ourselves to peacefully, productively, and visibly support and uphold the human dignity of all members of our community, and we commit to challenge our community to acknowledge its growing edges and work honestly toward reconciliation. We also commit to challenging ourselves as individuals, recognizing that each of us has our own embedded prejudices and worldviews that inhibit progress toward becoming the Beloved Community of Dr. King’s dream.”

Whether you choose to participate in either event, or none, we ask your prayers.  Neither group wants to engage the Klan directly; but rejects any message of hate, shame, or blame - vocal, written, or demonstrative - that the Klan is so well known for.  May the Light of God fill their hearts with love for all and the desire for repentance and peace.  Amen.