Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis

May 23, 2018
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    • WE BELIEVE each human being is made in God’s image and likeness (Genesis 1:26)
    • WE BELIEVE we are one body. In Christ, there is to be no oppression based on race, gender, identity, or class (Galatians 3:28)
    • WE BELIEVE how we treat the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the stranger, the sick, and the prisoner is how we treat Christ himself (Matthew 25: 31-46)
    • WE BELIEVE that truth is morally central to our personal and public lives (Exodus 20:16)
    • WE BELIEVE that Christ’s way of leadership is servanthood, not domination (Matthew 20:25-26). 
    • WE BELIEVE Jesus when he tells us to go into all nations making disciples (Matthew 28:18)

On Thursday, May 24, elders from several Christian denominations, including the Most Reverend Michael Curry of The Episcopal Church, will pray and speak to a declaration of six points they are identifying as "Reclaiming Jesus."  In Washington DC, they'll meet for a prayer service, then process by candle light to hold vigil at the White House.

[Media links and video of the service, procession, and White House vigil online here.]

The service of prayers and Gospel proclamation begins at 7 PM (Eastern Time), is open to the public, and will be held at the National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW, Washington DC.  Then at 8:30 pm, an expected group of around 1000 participants will follow Bishop Michael and the faith leaders and elders as they process from church to the White House.

Bishop Curry, just returned from preaching at the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle, was quoted on CNN, "This weekend I spoke about the way of love. As elders, we view bringing the Reclaiming Jesus declaration to the public square as a tangible example of how to live out that way of love."

The Reclaiming Jesus declaration comes from an Ash Wednesday (2018) retreat.  "In this season of Lent, we feel deep lamentations for the state of our nation, and our own hearts are filled with confession for the sins we feel called to address. The true meaning of the word repentance is to turn around. It is time to lament, confess, repent, and turn. In times of crisis, the church has historically learned to return to Jesus Christ."

The Hill reports that before  Thursday's event, "Curry will also meet with members of Congress and take part in a bipartisan morning prayer session, organized by Reps. Bradley Byrne (R-Al.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.), both Episcopalians."

 

On livestream.  The Episcopal Church Office of Communications will livestream the church service, procession and silent vigil.  The livestream will be available here. Times: service 7 PM (Eastern), procession 8:30 PM, candlelight vigil expected to begin around 8:45 pm and continue until 10 pm.

In St. Louis.  The Rev. Kevin McGrane,  Episcopal deacon in the Diocese of Missouri, is organizing a local prayer service to be held from 7 - 7:30 PM (Central) at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 9373 Garber Rd. in Crestwood, 63126.  A 30 minute service of hymns, prayer, and a reading of an abbreviated declaration  will be held in Advent's sanctuary. This service is open to the public. Facebook event page.

 

Resources:

  • The Reclaiming Jesus declaration, along with Bible study and civil discourse curriculum, is located here.
  • Video introduction to Reclaiming Jesus is online here.
  • Presiding Bishop Curry and the Rev. Jim Wallis issue letter (May 17) about the declaration.

 

Including Presiding Bishop Curry, others participating in the church service and vigil will be:

  • The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Tony Campolo, Co-Founder, Red Letter Christians
  • The Rev. Dr. James Forbes, President and Founder, Healing of the Nations Foundation and Preaching Professor at Union Theological Seminary
  • The Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, General Secretary Emeritus, Reformed Church in America
  • The Rev. Dr. Richard Hamm, former General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Fr. Richard Rohr, Founder, Center for Action and Contemplation
  • Dr. Ron Sider, President Emeritus, Evangelicals for Social Action
  • The Rev. Jim Wallis, President and Founder, Sojourners
  • The Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, Director, NCC Truth and Racial Justice Initiative
  • Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Co-Convener, National African American Clergy Network; President, Skinner Leadership Institute
  • Dr. Amos Brown, the head of the San Francisco NAACP

More Info

Need more information? Contact the Director of Communications: communications@diocesemo.org

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