As part of GTWY's commitment to the Biblical truth that God cares deeply about issues of justice and human dignity, we have committed ourselves to search for God-honoring solutions to end all racial inequity and ensure equal access to justice and opportunity for all. We recognize that our society continues to struggle with injustice and inequality, and believe our engagement in ethnically diverse dialogue, education, and interactions will collectively move us toward God’s desire for racial unity and harmony.
This month, the Embrace Unity team has events specifically earmarked for June:
Juneteenth is the only holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States - marking the arrival of Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas on June 19th, 1865, to announce that the war had ended and enslaved people were now free. Though the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed nearly three years earlier, enslaved people deep in the Confederate South were not immediately freed, as states such as Texas had no significant Union presence. If you’d like to learn more about Juneteenth, this article from the History Channel explains further: https://www.history.com/news/what-is-juneteenth.
Here are a few local events taking place that may be of interest:
- Juneteenth Event: An Evening with Dr. Joshua Bennett - Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau - Longwood Gardens
- Chester County History Center: Underground Railroad in West Chester Walking Tour - Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau
- Underground Railroad Narrated Bus Tour - Kennett Square
Join us on Tuesday, June 22, from 6:30 - 8 pm for a prayer walk. We will gather outside the church building at 160 Cowan Rd. As we continue in the ongoing journey toward oneness, we will pray for God’s guidance, mercy, and transforming power, while focusing on racial reconciliation and unity. We will stop at each corner of the building for several minutes and allow people to pray as they feel led. No one is required to pray aloud. Silent prayer is just fine. We might also do some singing along the way. Our scope begins with our own Gateway body, then extends to the community, our country, and the world. The walk will conclude at the Cowan Park Pavilion with light refreshments and a time to process, share, and reflect in community. No RSVP required. (In the event of inclement weather, we will gather in the atrium.)
For more information, please email Grant Beauchamp.