Gainesville District



Greetings Gainesville District!

My article for this month is long.  But in light of the tragedy and travails of this past week, I want to share with you a sermon I preached at the 2019 Winter Camp Meeting which focused on conversations on Race.  My sermon was a confession.  A confession that I continue to make every day as I try to understand my place of privilege and the very different life people of color live every single day only because of the color of their skin.  It is a confession that admits I cannot be a part of the solution until I own that I am also part of the problem. 

I Confess

I Corinthians 13: 11-13

11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12For now we see in a glass, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.

I confess that I see in a glass, dimly. 

Oh, I use to think that I could see clearly—that my personal experience of life was no different than other people’s experience of life.  Without even realizing it, I assumed that the rest of the world swam in the same water as I.  That the lens through which others saw and experienced life was the exact same prescription as I wear.  In fact, I didn’t even really think about how others might see and experience life, especially, in matters of race.

In my earliest childhood memories, I see myself sitting on the floor near the ironing board while our maid, Miniola, starched and ironed my family’s clothes.  She would talk with me and sing with me and go on walks with my four siblings and me.  I loved her and am convinced of her love for my family and me. We maintained our relationship long after she no longer worked in our home. She came to the special celebrations of my family as a guest. We were invited to her family celebrations. But, it never occurred to me that her way of living in this world was very different from my own. 

I confess that I saw through a glass dimly.

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District Superintendent

Alice Rogers
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Administrative Assistant

Holley Butkovich
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Gainesville, GA 30501  

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