To Seattle Presbytery
Last month 31 of us from Lake Burien Church community participated in a week-long pilgrimage “The Gospel and the Politics of Race” through the US South. Our community began meeting and preparing from January to June, praying and learning together. Led by Lisa Sharon Harper and Freedom Road Consultants, we traced the story of the enslavement and confinement of people of African descent on US soil and confronted the evil reality of white supremacy.
It was a powerfully transformative experience for us - providing a sobering reminder of how deeply entrenched racialized violence is in the US. It also became painfully clear that the Church was cover for much of that sin. As most of us realize, our country has not yet healed from this original sin.
Our pilgrimage team, led by Crystal Hairston and Shannon Smythe, designed and created an exhibit to share some of the transformative learning about the history that continues to shape us all. The exhibit was the pilgrimage team's attempt to continue the journey, share the story, and to heal.
We invite you to make time to come see this exhibit. It is so well done you will not be disappointed. We have decided to keep the exhibit open for the month of August. We believe it to be an important resource for our community beyond our congregation as we do our part to contribute to a vision of shalom and justice.
Pastor Lina Thompson
Lake Burien Presbyterian Church