We are at a tipping point in history that can become a kairos moment filled with divine purpose and change. In light of the global pandemic and the growing cries for racial justice filling U.S. streets, I find myself turning more and more to prayers that imparts the humility of faith and the courage of working with others for deep justice and healing. One such prayer comes from the great South-African writer and anti-apartheid activist, Alan Paton, and it is a favorite of mine because it begins with each one of us:
O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others
Open my ears that I may hear their cries;
Open my heart so that they need not be without succor;
Let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong,
Nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich.
Show me where love and hope and faith are needed,
And use me to bring them to those places.
And so open my eyes and my ears
That I may this coming day be able to do some work of peace for thee.
Now, more than ever, we need faith-leaders who know the power of prayer, both in worshipand in action. At the Washington Theological Consortium, we educate pastors, priests, and other faith leaders who follow Jesus’ way of a just and lasting peace, which is grounded in the dignity of every human being, the understanding of our differences as gifts, and the pursuit of divine justice and reconciliation. We share this Christian vision with our Jewish, Muslim, and other interfaith companions as we learn from one another and as we work together for the deep healing of society.
The Washington Theological Consortium has long been committed to shaping the intellectual, spiritual, moral, and professional formation of all of our students. Our education model is life-changing—for our students and the communities they will serve.Our program in Criminal Justice and Reconciliation, for example, is especially relevant to this time as it prepares students and the incarcerated to be pastoral and prophetic as they analyze the systems of law-enforcement, prisons, and community re-entry and as they advocate for change. Unlike schools that offer simple techniques for ministerial training, the Consortium and its theological schools form faith-leaders who are committed to strengthen the unity of the whole Church, prepared to dialogue with those of other faiths, and equipped to work for God’s vision of justice and shalom for the whole earth.
There is no more important work in theological education today. And we need your support.
I ask you to pray for our work, to join us in our future events, and to support our unique educational mission us with a tax-deductible gift that will enable us to reach our goal for this fiscal year-end appeal. We are indeed at a tipping point in history. And we believe our Consortium work is truly vital at this time, both for our students and our world. How will you support our work today?
Praying and working for God’s Shalom,
Dr. Larry Golemon
Washington Theological Consortium
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Washington, DC 20017
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