President Gary Walter said in his letter that now is the kairos moment - an opportune time that the Covenant people renew our dialogue and conversation about race and race relation, especially within our churches. I would be quick to agree that these past couple weeks have been a kairos moment for learning: I have learned so much about myself as an Asian American male who is still struggling with my cultural identity and self-image in a predominately white culture. I have seen white believers who have showed tremendous compassion as they mourn and grieve with their black brothers and sisters and stand in solidarity with them in the wake of the death of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. I have seen my black brothers and sisters mustered up the courage to tell their own struggles and pain. I also appreciate the perspectives of other black brothers and sisters who believe in individual responsibility and discipline and the danger of "feeling entitled" or "blaming the system".
My hope and prayer for First Covenant is that we can seize these kairos moments to listen and learn from each other. I give thanks to God for the diverse community that FCC represents. My wish is that even more of our African American brothers and sisters, even more of our Latino, Cambodian, and Asian American members, will be asked and invited to share and to speak on their struggles and challenges. Ask questions. Listen intently (sometimes the answer is non-verbal). There is still a lot of work that needs to be done. We have hope in Christ who gave love and offered hope to everyone. Let's begin with listening and learning. My prayer is that Christians who are called to be the peacemakers are the ones who lead the way in making real changes in our society and in our world.