“One Community” – an opportunity to share
Save the date: first event on April 22
Several months ago Rev. Laura was approached by the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee and asked if members of BCC would be interested in participating in a new program. “One Community” would pair a suburban Milwaukee church with an urban church of the same denomination for faithful conversations about racial and economic disparity. The original commitment was only three sessions led by Interfaith. Jenni Jones, Maura Packham, Barb Wood, Bonnie Ilhardt, Mike Mallwitz, and Rev. Laura agreed to represent BCC.
We were partnered with Zion UCC of Milwaukee which brought a similarly faithful and fun group of participants including Pastor Andre Pirtle who Laura knew from StreetLife and Despensa. The first three sessions were eye opening, and we all agreed that we wanted to continue to meet. The sharing has been heartfelt, open, and life changing. The next question for the group was how to widen the experience so that others from both congregations could get to know each other and learn together.
Our first planned event will be a pulpit exchange on Sunday, April 22. Andre will preach here at BCC and Laura at Zion. Andre is a gifted preacher, worship leader, and all around great guy. He and members of Zion will also help with the Rummage Sale, so you will get a chance to meet him before he preaches here. Watch for additional opportunities for folks from BCC to attend Zion events as well. We are also working on shared worship opportunities for this summer. Details will follow.
We sincerely hope that you will take advantage of this awesome opportunity to gather as a diverse community, to learn from each other, and to celebrate our faith as one community. We sure have!
The “One Community” group of BCC and Zion