As a member of the Faith and Race task group at Aldersgate, I have benefitted from shared voices and stories through book study, panel discussions, self-reflection and prayer.  The goal of the Faith and Race task group is to emphatically denounce racism and create action steps to promote anti-racism behaviors in ourselves, our church and community.  The environment will be welcoming and nonthreatening to permit shared voices and reflections on the teachings of Jesus Christ to be in ministry for those seeking racial and social justice.  In celebration of Black History Month I wanted to lift up a PBS series of shared voices and stories that I watched last week entitled “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song.”  Harvard University Professor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., writes, directs and hosts this four-hour, two-part series that traces the 400 year-old story of the Black church in America.  The film begins and ends with a visit to the boyhood church of Gates, Waldon United Methodist in Piedmont, West Virginia.  “The lessons I learned here, the power of faith, the importance of community, have remained with me and sustained me, the same way the Black church has sustained the African American people from the days of slavery to this day,” quoting Professor Gates.  Please visit the website below with video links and resources on this series.  A DVD and book of the same title will be added to the church library when available.

Kaj Sinclair