Nine days ago, I sat in a sanctuary with 600 people of faith from all around Charleston at the Charleston Area Justice Ministry’s Community Problems Assembly. As I looked around the room, I could feel the energy. I saw Jewish, Christian and Muslim folks; people of all races and incomes, young children running and older adults using canes. We came from many places but with one purpose: to tell our elected officials that we expected them to work tirelessly to bring just policies in housing, policing and education to every resident of this city. If we were one or two people or one or two congregations, our officials could easily dismiss us. But when hundreds of us gathered from more than two dozen congregations to stand in solidarity together, our voice was multiplied. Solidarity brings power and possibilities.
Engaging in Solidarity
On Sunday, we looked at the practice of solidarity in our series Begin (again). When we engage in solidarity, we come alongside others in friendship and partnership. We partner with community organizations at their invitation, investing our time, skills, money and resources where others ask us to, not where we think is best. In case you missed it, you can watch the service on our Facebook page.
One of the goals we set for ourselves this week to stand in solidarity with our community by taking on a leadership position at Two Rivers. Check out this page on our website to find a role that suits you as our work expands throughout Charleston.
Coming up Next
I love the power that comes in our community, especially when we share stories of how God is making new friendships here with each other! In the next two weeks we have the chance to spend time together at church and in Charleston. This Sunday, November 17, in our monthly family yoga class led by Omie Homies Kids Yoga.
Next Saturday, November 23, we’re taking a trip to Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner to look at their world-famous collection of nativity sets. This event is free and perfect for the entire family.
This Sunday in worship, we will look at the practice of extravagant generosity in worship, our next step as we Begin (again). This week, consider your investment in God’s work in this community. Two Rivers Church is characterized by radical generosity—the way we share our financial gifts, our talents, our skills and our invitations to other people has created this community we call home. In 2020, we will continue to expand into new places for new people. We invite you to partner with us. Consider what ways of radical generosity God is calling you to live into.
I love this community. Every day brings new opportunities to celebrate God’s goodness to us. Each day we Begin (again) in relationship with each other and with God. I am so grateful for the ways we live and love and change the world together.
Peace be with you, friends,