Editor’s Note: Susan Dohrmann is a Companis worker with Recovery Café, a local agency dedicated to being a community “of women and men who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges coming to know we are loved and that we have gifts to share.” Susan shared the following message from Killian Noe, founding director and pastoral counselor at Recovery Café.
Some friends have e-mailed/texted me over the past 24+ hours asking, "What do we do now? How do we move forward?"
Martin Luther King Jr's call to build "beloved community" is both current and urgent.
I feel called to gather people from different races, different religions, different socio-economic realities, different gender or sexual identities, and different political perspectives to build "beloved community" through deepening conversations and deepening connections with each other. Without proximity and relationships how can our understanding of one another deepen? Without deepening understanding how can we grow in compassion for those being excluded? Without growing compassion how can we act in bold, transforming ways?
We will gather at Recovery Café from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, the first Sunday of every month beginning, December 4, 2016.
Our time together will include silent mediation/prayer, a brief reflection on a sacred text followed by a question to discuss around tables over coffee/tea/snacks. I believe new calls to action will emerge from our being together with loving intention.
Please join us if this feels like good news to you. Please invite others for whom this might be a next step toward healing the divides in our nation.
This blog includes thoughts from various contributors at Seattle First Baptist