Last Friday night we had a church event called A Night of Listening. Approximately 30 people gathered in the church office to watch a panel of Acts 29 pastors discuss personal experiences and insights into race and reconciliation. It was a great night. The event ended at 9 PM, but a good number of people were still having discussion, listening to each others experiences, and enjoying each other's company at 11 PM. I wanted to give you access to the video that we watched so that you can share it with others and so that you can watch it if you were not able to be at the event.
Race tends to be a lightning rod topic for many. We called the event A Night of Listening for a reason. Remember James 1:19-20, which says, "Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God." We must be able to listen and keep on listening whether we immediately agree or disagree with someone's viewpoint.
This panel discussion happened in 2016, approximately a week after an unarmed black man was shot and killed by a police officer in Baton Rouge and five police officers were shot and killed in Dallas. The panel makes reference to these events, so knowing the context is helpful. Also, this panel discussion takes place at an Acts 29 Pastors Retreat. The panel sometimes applies principles directly to pastors, but the principles are applicable to us all.
If you feel encouraged, convicted, confused, offended, or anything else, we would love to hear about it if you would like to share. Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email a pastor individually. Our email addresses can be found here. If you would like to have follow up conversation, please let us know in the email and we can set up a time to get together.
I hope and pray that healthy conversations, empathy, and connection result from hearing this content. Thanks for taking the time to watch.