Leaders from all major Christian traditions will gather in Montgomery, Alabama, October 2–4, 2019, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved African peoples to Jamestown, Virginia. Jim Lyon, general director of Church of God Ministries, is honored to be one of two leaders elected to represent our branch of the Christian family tree, as well as the Church of God movement. Six leaders in total are expected to represent the Church of God movement at the commemoration, which is part of the Annual Convocation of Christian Churches Together (CCT) in the USA, an ecumenical table that brings together communions (denominations) and Christian organizations representing all the major traditions.
Christian Churches Together sees this as a moment to name the evils of racism so we can correct the narrative moving forward. It is also a moment in which we can share the hope found in the legacy of spiritual resistance of African and African descended peoples—together.
Many Christian leaders recognize current racial tensions in our country are unacceptable. The responsibility of the church and its witness to the gospel are at stake. The leaders of the member communion in Christian Churches Together are committed to confronting racism in the name of Christ.
National, regional, and local Christian leaders are invited to join Christian Churches Together at a Prayer Service of Lament and Hope to be held at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church on Thursday, October 3, at 7:30 PM.
Joynes Road Church of God in Hampton, Virginia, has also played an extensive role in commemorating the 1619 landing, not far from Jamestown. Pastor Simeon Green is blessed to be involved with a wide variety of churches and civic groups for a common purpose. Read more about their efforts in a story we published in March at https://chognews.org/2019/03/19/virginia-church-commemorates-arrival-of-first-africans-in-english-north-america/.
For more information, please contact Rev. Carlos L. Malave at 502-415-2665 or firstname.lastname@example.org.