Two days before Charlotte, NC experienced protests over the killing of Keith Lamont Scott, two congregations announced an important merger. The Refuge, a predominantly white congregation with multiple locations announced that it would merge with the House of Refuge, a predominantly black congregation. The new merger congregation will be called the Refuge of Greensboro.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
The church can be a place of unity and hope as communities grieve unnecessary violence.
- Diversity Is Intentional: It’s easy to stick with what you know, but diversity means seeking out the contributions of others.
- Reconciliation Is Urgent: As black families mourn and live in fear, the church can be a place of understanding and reconciliation.
- Mergers Help: Congregations that need a fresh start can be revitalized with a merger–provided it’s done carefully!
Are there ways your church can speak to reconciliation in your community?
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