FCC Community Sharing
Subject: Bearing One Another’s Burden - Racism
Date: 7:30pm October 28th, 2020 2nd Session
This is a time like no other time for us, as a community, to learn to share the burden and the pain of racism that weighs upon our brothers and sisters in the body of Christ here at FCC. Racism covers a broad spectrum from brutality to the subtle fears felt by some. Although our community has always included different races and nationalities, recent events have made clear that those of us who do not carry that burden have not fully understood what those of our own church community here are experiencing. Love requires that we make the effort to listen.
The Bible commands us to “bear one another’s burdens”, and that as the Body of Christ, “when one suffers, we all suffer.” In order for that to be a reality at FCC, we need a time and forum where we can share honestly and listen openly. For that purpose, we have set aside Wednesday evening, September 23 at 7:30pm. There will be an opportunity for those who want to share their experience to be heard. It is very important that those of us, who have not experienced this terrible injustice, be present to listen with open hearts. If we really care, we will want to hear.
This is a sensitive and emotional topic. However, as we have the opportunity to share and be heard, and as others sincerely hear from their hearts, the emotion and sensitivity will transform into compassion and love.
Before, we can go into the world to address injustice and influence change, we must first unite in the love of God. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, that you have love one for another” (John 13:35)
This forum is limited to the FCC Community and, because of space limitations, it will be necessary to register for this event. Also, this event will NOT be live streamed so that we can have an atmosphere that encourages sharing. You Do Not need to print out a ticket for this event.
The following is a message to FCC, from Bishop La Fayette Scales, with a response to recent events (June 6, 2020):
“First, we can see their pain, we can hear their cry, we can seek to know their sorrow.
Second, we can listen. Listening is a great way to understand others’ journeys. We are in this together. You are in my heart and prayers.” La Fayette Scales
We needed to do a second session because we feel some people did not get a chance to share! Everyone from our Church community is invited and we strongly encourage you to come out if you missed the first session or want to come out again!