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As we welcome Black History Month throughout the coming month of February, we have another opportunity to learn and reflect on important events and some of the important contributions made by our black siblings throughout the world and here in Canada, too.
For many of us, this month is also a reminder that we live in a diverse world and that the contributions to this world made by those of African descent are not often captured in the annals of history or taught in our schools.
As a church, it is important that we learn to walk more boldly with our siblings of colour and become more pro-active in welcoming them to participate more fully into the leadership and service of our church.
That’s one reason that our synod’s Racial Justice Committee and our national church’s initiative and commitment to providing opportunities for learning more about racial justice issues are so very important. As these educational opportunities present themselves within your areas, I urge you to join these sessions and learn more about how you, too, can help encourage more diversity within our local churches. After all, as Martin Luther King Jr. said at his acceptance of the Nobel Peace prize in Oslo, Norway back in 1964:
“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have 3 meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds and, dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” May it be so.
On behalf of our Racial Justice Committee and the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Waterloo, I invite you to join me at their annual Black History month morning service which will be live streamed on Sunday, February 25th at 11 am. And then made available as a recording. https://www.youtube.com/@mountzionworship9606/streams
I wish you all abundant blessings this month as we learn and celebrate Black History Month. May we all have the audacity to believe we have the power to make the world better for all of God’s children!