RESPONDING TO THE CALL
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Listen! The Lord is calling to the city…”
Even as we live between the Garden and the New Jerusalem, we as God’s people know we cannot be passive in the face of injustice. Our community has the opportunity to answer God’s call from Isaiah 58: 6-9. Our collective obedience to this call brings healing and bear witness to the Gospel of Christ. At CCC, we believe God has empowered us to be a peaceful presence in our city.
We all find ourselves entering this conversation at different places. We know that we all bear God’s image (Genesis 1:27). We also know that Christ shed his blood for all of humanity, justly atoning for every sin and fulfilling God’s desire for mercy. Jesus redeems us so we can join him in releasing the oppressed and setting the captive free (Luke 4).
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
Listed below are some of the resources our church has created so that we can begin learning more about how God defines justice and how to live it out.
On March 8, 2015, we held our fourth Transforum. The topic was Understanding ISIS, specifically how we can respond to the human beings and refugees involved from a Micah 6:8 perspective.
On March 9, 2014 we held our second Transforum. The topic was immigration, specifically how we can respond to the human beings involved from a Micah 6:8 perspective.
On November 3, 2013 we held our first Transforum. The topic was “Gendercide,” specifically the plight of many women in the world as it pertains to “Female Gendercide,” and how we can respond with a Micah 6:8 perspective.
Racial Dialogue 1
A spirit-led and meaningful conversation on exploring the questions, “Is there such a thing as white privilege?” and “Why do people use this term?”
Racial Dialogue 2
Did you know interracial marriage wasn’t legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court until 1967? Today, interracial marriages represent approximately 17% of all marriages in the U.S. Join us for “Racial Dialogues,” a safe space to explore experiences, ask questions and build community among our congregation to enhance understanding and serve our city.
Below are some of the sermon series that pertain to justice and how to live it out.
Here are some books that we recommend
Be the Bridge
In this perspective-shifting book, founder Latasha Morrison shows how you can participate in this incredible work and replicate it in your own community. With conviction and grace, she examines the historical complexities of racism. She expertly applies biblical principles, such as lamentation, confession, and forgiveness, to lay the framework for restoration.
Just Mercy tells the story of EJI, from the early days with a small staff facing the nation’s highest death sentencing and execution rates, through a successful campaign to challenge the cruel practice of sentencing children to die in prison, to revolutionary projects designed to confront Americans with our history of racial injustice.
free at last?
“Free at last!” It has been more than thirty years since Martin Luther King Jr. shouted those words to a crowd gathered in Washington, D.C. His speech, “I Have a Dream,” is now familiar, even famous. But has his dream been realized? In Free at Last? Carl Ellis offers an in-depth assessment of the state of African-American freedom and dignity within American culture today. Updating and expanding his examination (previously published as Beyond Liberation) for a new generation of readers, Ellis stresses how important it is for African-Americans to know who they are and where they have been.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES & EVENTS
Here are some additionals ways to find out more and/or to get more involved.