Jacksonville Together: Disrupting Division
The Rev. Gregg Kaufman invites you to participate in a city-wide conversation November 1, 2020. Registration is required, the event is free and open to all.
Peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ!
I am writing to you as a colleague in ministry with a special invitation. I am a Cathedral District Jax, Inc. Board member and in 2019 coordinated the deliberative forums where members of all district churches contributed ideas envisioning the future of the Cathedral District. In congregations, like St. John’s Cathedral, people are struggling – struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, struggling to understand and process the racial unrest and challenging political landscape. We recognize tension and, in some cases, division in our families, among our friends, in our city and places of worship.
What role can God’s people play to address these issues? Project Common Grounds, a Palms Presbyterian Church civil discourse ministry and UNF OneJax invite you and your congregation to an evening called Jacksonville Together: Disrupting Division on November 1, 2020, 6:30-8:00 PM. Along with a panel of Jacksonville faith community leaders, the Rev. Dr. Allen Hilton, author of A House United: How the Church Can Save the World, will be the featured speaker.
The Rev. Dr. Hilton Allen is the founder and leader of House United, a donor-driven non-profit initiative dedicated to bringing people together across our political, religious, and racial divisions for the common good. (houseunitedmovement.org) He has served on the New Testament faculties of the Yale Divinity School and St. Mary’s College of California, and on the clergy teams of large congregational churches in New Canaan, CT, Seattle WA, and, most recently, Wayzata, MN. Hundreds of churches across the nation use his adult education Bible course. Fortress Press (Lutheran) published his first book, A House United in April 2018.
Jacksonville Together: Disrupting Division will be offered online, via Facebook, Zoom, and in church or community locations where socially-distanced participants can safely enjoy the evening. We seek to lift up the diversity of God’s people, cultivate mutual understanding, and work together to promote peace, respect, love, and labor together in God’s vineyard to seek the common good because as Christians, we all follow the one who prayed for his disciples through the ages, “That they all may be one.” (John 17:20-21)
We hope you and your congregation will prayerfully consider this invitation and participate in this event on November 1, 2020. Please use this link CLICK HERE TO REGISTER to express your desire to participate in this city-wide program. Once we have received your registration, you will receive additional details, as well as learning and prayer resources to use prior to November. Questions? email [email protected].
A similar national initiative, With Malice Towards None, endorsed by Presiding Bishop Curry, will help the faithful in their response to the November election. More details to come.
Grace and peace to you, Rev. R. Gregg Kaufman