This past weekend should have been the first camp Sunday. Normally, we would have celebrated God’s beautiful creation together in Chapel, one inclusive community praying for those here and those who are not with us. We know we would have offered up prayers for healing, compassion, reconciliation, and wisdom. We hope these are some of the same prayers you are lifting up in your own hearts while we are apart.
Without campers and counselors in Camp, we found ourselves quietly reflecting on the week we had here and the recent weeks, as a nation, we have faced with great sadness. We have been educating ourselves through webinars, books, articles, and online conversations hosted by churches and people of color, but there is still so much to learn about racial equality and biases in this country and in the world.
This week we learned there is much work to be done, and through intentionality and love, we need to enter into conversations with compassion and humility. We need to continue to educate ourselves. In our conversations with others, we need to be honest, open, and engaged. We need to listen more. We can and must do better.
One of the webinars we listened to this week recommended reading Be-the-Bridge, by Latasha Morrison. From Morrison’s spiritually based, loving, and historical message we learned a great deal more about personal stories, policies, and black history. She talks about acknowledging and expressing sorrow for the hurt before being able to start the healing. A time of lament prepares you for action; we need to be bridge builders however and wherever we have opportunity.
We may feel that we are too small to make a difference, but as a worldwide Merrie-Woode community, our collective tiny sparks of love can be powerful and begin to make the long overdue and much needed change.
Love your neighbor as you love yourself. James 2:8.
All Our Love,
Denice and Jim