Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
It is a great privilege to invite you to join us at the NBC Summit in Atlanta Oct 15-17, 2018. This year we will celebrate 10 years of the New Baptist Covenant working to advance racial justice in and through the Baptist Church.
Over the past 10 years, NBC has worked with local churches around the country to foster racial healing and justice. In this time, we have seen churches come together; communities begin to address racial inequities and individuals to forge deep and important relationships.
Despite this progress, we know that we have not yet arrived at the Beloved Community. The path to the Beloved Community is not a short stroll but rather a journey that requires preparation, perseverance, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
It is not a journey to be taken lightly because the path will cost anyone who is willing to take up the journey. One who choses this path, could loose friends, prosperity and comfort.
No, the path to the Beloved Community is not an easy one, but it is worth the challenges and the strain because it is where we most fully meet Jesus. On the journey to the Beloved Community — on the journey to justice — this is where we are given the opportunity to walk side by side with Jesus and see miracles happen.
In my work with New Baptist Covenant, I have witnessed miracles. I have seen communities and churches divided by racial injustice come together to fight for a new way. I have seen these partners become community leaders and show their neighbors what authentic reconciliation rooted in justice looks like. I have seen minds opened, hearts warmed and communities changed.
So here’s to the journey and here’s to the miracles Jesus shows us along the way.
Grace and Peace,
NBC, Executive Director