Pastor Gayle’s Reflections
We will soon move from the season of Eastertide into the season after Pentecost. On Pentecost Sunday, May 20th, we will welcome a new member to the congregation and celebrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which guides and energizes our ministries. During this season, let’s remember the covenant which binds our congregation with so many local churches and communities dedicated to building a just world for all through our love of God and neighbor.
We will also receive gifts to the Strengthen the Church Special Mission Offering. This offering supports the expansion and vitality of the United Church of Christ. The first half of your gift funds ministry within our local conference while the second half goes strengthens the church nationally. Our beloved denomination needs your support to fulfill on its commitment to creating a just world for all by investing in new ministries and practices that meet the emerging needs of local communities. Please prayerfully consider making a gift.
In Memoriam: The Rev. Dr. James H. Cone (August 5, 1936 – April 28, 2018)
James H. Cone was a founder of Black Liberation Theology, which challenges the dominant white theology of American Christianity. Through his writings and his decades of teaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Rev. Cone influenced generations of American theologians and pastors, providing inspiration for Christians who strive to follow in Christ’s footsteps, working with and for those marginalized by dominant culture.
In A Black Theology of Liberation, Cone wrote, “Taking seriously the Trinitarian view of the Godhead, black theology says that as Creator, God identified with oppressed Israel, participating in the bringing into being of this people; as Redeemer, God became the Oppressed One in order that all may be free from oppression; as Holy Spirit, God continues the work of liberation.” As we grieve the passing of this great pastor, theologian, and teacher, may we find ourselves strengthened by the Holy Spirit for the work of liberation.