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We are more connected than we think

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 9:36:20 AM by Rob Ferry in Diversity, in connection, in humanity

 

 

This VIDEO was sent to me by a brother in the SE region earlier this week.  Turns out there is an entire series of videos just like this one.  As part of an effort to celebrate diversity, 67 people from all over the world took a DNA test. It turns out that they have much more in common with other nationalities than they would ever have imagined.

In the spirit of our diversity weekend, I thought you would be inspired and encouraged by these stories of learning how connected we all really are.

Grace and Peace,

Rob

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Diversity Weekend in Honor of Black History Month

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 9:44:15 AM by DCC Elders in Unity, in Diversity

The leadership of the Denver Church of Christ is pleased to announce exciting plans to celebrate and explore our diversity in honor of Black History Month the evening of Saturday  February 18th and Sunday morning February 19th.  We’re thrilled to have Scott and Thereasa Kirkpatrick of Columbia, South Carolina back again this year to lead our hearts toward a greater understanding of Jesus’ teaching on this timeless topic.  This past year has seen some of the greatest tension among the many races, cultures and religions in our nation’s history.  As Christians, all of us want to be “ready to give an answer” as to how to treat others unlike ourselves both in and outside the church.  Scott heads up an initiative for the International churches of Christ to promote unity among the diverse membership in our U.S. churches.

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Our Journey Toward Racial Unity

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 9:40:45 AM by DCC Elders in Unity, in Diversity

Below are articles Part I and II, III,   IV, and V describing the journey to focus  on African-Americans in the  Denver Church of Christ.  Chris Jacobs is an elder in Denver, and lived in Tokyo for many years, serving as an administrator for many of the Asian churches in our fellowship. These articles can be   found on his blog.
 

Our Journey Toward Racial Unity: Part I and II

by   Thursday, 28 July 2016 12:46

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me." John 17:20-23 

Jesus' prayer for unity recorded in John 17 compels Christians to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Jesus’ dream is for complete unity, a calling and standard against which our enemy, the devil, constantly prowls, seeking to destroy. As disciples we strive for this perfect unity in the church, yet understand that because of our sins, weaknesses or lack of awareness, we often fall short of the goal. Praise God for his unfailing grace and limitless patience which teach us to love one another deeply, understanding that love covers over a multitude of sins.

America has been called a melting pot due its multiplicity of racial and ethnic groups, which to some degree blend into the fabric of our great, yet flawed nation. There are tremendous strengths and synergistic opportunities which proceed from variant views, perspectives and convictions. And as anyone who has experienced America can attest, there are also great challenges and tensions, which accompany the attempt to blend these sometimes conflicting cultural values into a unified whole. The church is not immune to these same challenges and as we strive for unity, it is important to be aware that different groups within the church view and experience American life differently than others.

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Our Journey Toward Racial Unity: Part III

by   Friday, 05 August 2016 08:52

Later that year (2015) in June, there was a tragic shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina where nine black members of a church were murdered by a white assailant. With the support of our leadership, I prepared and read the below statement to our congregation the following Sunday:

"I’m sure most of us are very aware of the tragic shooting deaths that took place in the historic AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, just 11 days ago. We’d like to take a moment to reflect and pray for those involved and for our nation.

Twelve people, in a setting not unlike ours today, gathered together seeking God through Bible study and prayer. The 12 were black Americans. With Christian love and warmth, these 12 welcomed a troubled young white man into their fellowship. As you know, this young man with unspeakable hatred in his heart and with a misguided desire to inspire others to join in his depravity, shot and killed nine of the 12 precious souls.

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Report on the Denver Church of Christ Diversity Exploration Team

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 9:37:18 AM by DCC Elders in Diversity

In March 2016, the Elders and staff of the DCC (feeling moved by expressions of concern and need from our black brothers and sisters) decided to act in response to not only those voices, but in concern for all of our diverse members. After much prayer and dialogue, leadership asked the following respected members to serve on the DIVERSITY EXPLORATION TEAM: Tony & Terrye Chukes, Carlos & Dimitri Clarke, Alex & Gwen Haley, Lisa Mason, Mykl Gormley, Kalah Haley, Wade Cook, Michael Lovett, and Chris Jacobs. 

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