Hau Mitakuyepi (hello, my relatives),
Welcome to this first, of what we hope will be many, Reconciliation, Justice, and Building Beloved Community newsletters. In my Lakota culture we have a word, “wolakota,” that refers to the state when all things are in right-relationship: when we are in right-relationship with ourselves, with each other, with the Creator, and with creation. It is through this cultural lens that I view our work toward becoming beloved community, our work toward justice, and our work toward reconciliation. I hope to learn and hear how others view this important work we are undertaking.
Our team is very excited to be able to bring this to you. Being rooted in community, we believe this newsletter is more yours than ours. These first few issues will be put together with our ideas of what a newsletter such as this might contain and look like. However, we’d like to hear your ideas for content and frequency; and we’d like you to help us come up with a name for this resource. Please let us know your thoughts by completing this survey; it will help this newsletter better reflect the communities it is designed for.
As we embark on this journey together, I look forward to seeing Jesus reflected in the work we hear about and the ideas we share. I see Jesus in this work. I see transformation in this work. I see resurrection in this work. Let us journey together toward this Jesus who lives, this Jesus who liberates, and, of course, this Jesus who loves.
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