If you have been to IF: Gathering before, you have heard about Be the Bridge, a group that seeks to create space and conversations for believers to to tear down barriers that have divided people. Many women in our church have expressed interest in this, but just haven’t been sure where to begin. On Wednesday, August 30 at 6:30pm at the Northstar Tupelo Campus, Women’s Collective will feature a panel of women discussing racial reconciliation and be given the opportunity to sign up to join a Be the Bridge group that will be meeting at Northstar Church. We will have childcare available upon requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us in praying that God would begin to show us what it means to be a bridge builder, that He would help Northstar be a credible witness for the glory of God, and that people will be pointed to Jesus through the unity of His Church.
In a time such as this, more communities like Be the Bridge are necessary. As a church witness and as a family, especially white Christians like myself, need to be more cognizant and in continual repentance of our internalized fears, prejudices, and cultural preferences. We need to center and continue to center our black and brown brothers’ and sisters’ voices and experiences. We need to submit to, long for, and invest in minority leadership. And as the words in Isaiah 1 lay so plainly, we need to…learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.