I’ve been reading an excellent book called Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line by Christopher Pramuk. I hope to post more on it later, but in the meantime I’d like to offer this brief quote, which I think reflects our own thinking about racial reconciliation at the Lotus House: “[P]rior to any preconceived political or social agendas, prior to any speeches about integration, reparations, or even shared worship (which is crucial), simple physical presence is the greatest gift Christians can offer to one another in a divided society” (p. 46).

It sometimes feels like we’re doing very little to actively heal the racial divisions which divide our city. We aren’t out marching in protests or registering our outrage on internet forums. But we are here, in the neighborhood, trying to make space for the Holy Spirit to bring people together. And we trust that the Spirit will do it.