The evidence that we are a deeply divided society abounds.The killing of Trayvon Martin released rage and exposed again the wounds that racism causes. Complex issues of personal morality became grounds for polarizing political rhetoric rather than an occasion for thoughtful conversations that welcome diverse perspectives.
"Given the rancorous, polarized blue-state/red-state society in which we live, what could be more prophetic, more countercultural, than to model reconciliation?" asked H. George Anderson, former ELCA presiding bishop, during his 2006 Hein-Fry lecture. It remains ever so true in our still polarized, partisan society.
I believe that we as the ELCA are called to the prophetic work of reconciliation. We are a church that is a catalyst, convener and bridge builder.
This is not our work, but rather it is God's work to which we bear witness and in which we are called to participate. "For he (Christ) is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us" (Ephesians 2:14).
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