Last weekend, I marched in Selma and I was in awe. I was in awe because in 1965 some tremendously brave people put on their Sunday best, and risked life and limb for justice … and 50 years later, it still mattered to so many people that we filled the streets to march in their footsteps.
But we’re not done marching, because their work – our work – for justice is not finished.
Part of how I march back home in New York is by running an annual conference for leaders working to grow a multiracial, antiracist society. It’s called The Leading Edge: Race, Reconciliation, and Courage—Creating the World We Want. It’s happening April 24–26, 2015 at Middle Collegiate Church in Manhattan, and if you’re reading this I hope you’ll consider coming.
For all the details, you can visit www.middleproject.org/conference-2015.
Here’s a snapshot of our fellow marchers:
Together, we are in a movement for justice that is intergenerational, interreligious and multiracial. We march for climate control. We pray when there is violence in our nation. We collaborate to make strategies so that everyone has enough. We die in for racial justice, because all lives matter; Black lives matter. We insist on religious freedom. We are different, but our hearts beat with the same pulse for a just society.
You, colleague, are in this movement, thanks be to God! What you do in your work matters. You make a difference, you make it happen. And we know it needs to happen!
So we organize Leading Edge every year to bring us all together – to share, teach, learn – and to have a frank conversation about racism and help shape strategies to dismantle it. If you are called to this work, click here for details about Leading Edge: Race, Reconciliation, and Courage—Creating the World We Want.
If you register by March 31 and use the code AUB2015, you’ll receive the special friends-of-Auburn-and-Groundswell discount of 25% off regular registration. Please join us and bring a friend.
I celebrate you, I march with you, and I hope to see you and some of your team in April in New York.
On the way to justice,
The Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D.
Middle Collegiate Church