SATURDAY 5:00 P.M.
Are you concerned about crime? Are you alarmed at the high rate of incarceration and the “school to prison pipeline”? What is a Christian to do?
This Saturday (and Sunday March 18) community leaders Suzanne Montoya and Kevin Jones will be with us to talk about Restorative Practices and Restorative Justice. These practices have proven to be effective. They also line up much better with our Christian values than some of the current practices in school discipline and criminal justice. Mr. Jones and Mrs. Montoya will share some helpful information, and challenge us to think about living out Restorative Practices every day in our lives.
During the Sermon time, I will focus on Nehemiah 1:1-4. What moved Nehemiah to tears? Why was he so passionate about getting back to Jerusalem to help organize and aid the defenseless population there? What can we learn from Nehemiah about helping the children of our communities?
I am excited about worshipping with you Saturday.
Sunday night at the Oscar’s, we were treated to movie clips spanning 90 years. One of those brief clips was from “To Kill a Mockingbird” with Atticus Finch bestowing more wisdom to Scout.
“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.”
This is another good tool for us as we grow in our understanding of what it means to be ambassadors of reconciliation. This is very helpful in close relationships and equally as important in our interactions within our community. Often when out in the community, we know people only through one experience or one perspective. Without much interaction, it can be easy to see them in a one-dimensional way.
“They see the world so differently than I do. I’ve seen them act in not-so admirable ways.” And, we can’t get those images out of our mind. Rather than finding ways to work together, the little-that-we-know-of-them drives a bigger wedge between us. The well-being of our community is depending on our ability to “consider things from another’s point of view.” This is one way we’ll be an ambassador of reconciliation.
Look forward to seeing you in worship,