This Week’s Faith for Thought: Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative.
This week the Council of Conference Ministers and the National Officers of the United Church of Christ are meeting in Alabama. This is not a typical meeting for us. We will not be sitting in a windowless conference room deliberating about church business. Instead, we will be bearing witness to the need to stand together against racial violence and racial injustice. Together, we will visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum in Montgomery. Together, we will walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma; and together, we will visit significant Civil Rights sites in Birmingham. To witness the horrific legacy of lynching in this country; to cross a bridge where state-sanctioned violence against African American citizens was perpetrated; and to visit sites where courageous children, women and men stood fast in the face of bombings, hatred and unjust laws will be important for us to do together in order to better speak out against the domestic terrorism, white nationalism, and racial violence of our time.