Thank you to all of you who joined us in body or spirit last Friday as we commemorated 400 years of Black resiliency in Massachusetts.  What a full day and night it was, with a hopeful and challenging preaching workshop with the Rev. Dr. Leslie Callahan, and a service of worship where hundreds gathered to bear witness. 

Bishop Claude Alexander's sermon based on 1 Samuel 7:1-14, “Thus far the Lord has helped us," inspired the gathered church to continue to build a world where all God's children can live and thrive.

If you were unable to join us, there are many ways you can connect to the commemoration: 

  • Download the "Litany of Thanksgiving for Black Resiliency in Massachusetts" from our website and use it in your own congregation
  • Watch the service via the facebook live feed of Greater Framingham Community Church
  • Read the "Prayer for Repentance" we wrote, and think about what your community might confess
  • Read this write-up from MetroWest Daily News: “Black church leaders from throughout Massachusetts led the service and commemoration to end racial injustice. Earlier, in the afternoon, they were in Boston to train black pastors. Both events marked the 400th year since the first Africans were brought to the colonies and enslaved, in 1619. “In the face of unthinkable adversity and evils, terrible trials and tribulations, these resilient people of faith knew how to call on the name of Jesus, so we’ve been called to this place to worship,” said Rev. Dr. Jay Williams, of Union United Methodist Church in Boston, wearing a fitted purple suit and bow tie. “We’re called to worship because we have come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord."
  • Join with the many faithful who have already contributed by giving now.  Proceeds from this event will support the preservation and promotion of Black history in Massachusetts.

God of our weary years, we come before you, knowing that our words are inadequate to the depth of the divisions. We confess, knowing that we can only be redeemed through the grace of Jesus Christ. We repent, in the hope of the Holy Spirit who can lead on till victory is won.

In hope,

Rev. Laura

P.S.: Keep the conversation going by attending The Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience's conversations on “The State of The Black Church In Boston” this Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Twelfth Baptist Church, 160 Warren Street, Boston.

We are thrilled by the support we have received so far to support our commemoration of 400 years.  As more and more news comes out about the significance of 1619, don't you want to be part of the commemoration of Black resiliency?  

Please give via our sponsorship form and your name will be added to the cloud of witnesses who believe that racial justice is a Christian priority. 
We're proud that we worked primarily with Black vendors for both events we held on Friday, Septemebr 20!
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