Unity Sunday and Sacred Conversation on Race held at Safe Haven
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
On January 22, Safe Haven partnered with Community Church in the Pelhams and The Church of the Highlands after being asked by the Community Church of the Pelhams to host a Unity Sunday and have a Sacred Conversation on Race. Leaders from all three congregations met and designed a joint worship service. It was a spirited worship experience with songs, prayers, instruments, Holy Communion, and a provocative sermon delivered by Rev. Karyn Carlo who preached “Divided by a Common Language, United by a Common Hope.” After service, a delicious home-cooked meal was served, followed by authentic dialog on race relations in America and in the church. The discussion was thought-provoking, transparent, and moving. The call to action was for participants to deepen their knowledge of the African American experience by viewing the documentary 13th, seeing the movie Hidden Figures, watching Joy DeGruy’s work on Post Traumatic Slavery Syndrome and to vow to do one thing that will reconcile them to people of another race. The group will gather together again after the Lenten season to continue to develop relationship with one another.