– New Video Series Premieres Tonight!
We are at an interesting moment in time in America. In the background we have a pandemic, an election year, and economic uncertainties. But in the foreground we have a rise in racial tensions sparked by the unjust deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. The ensuing protests, rioting, violence and vitriolic dialogue in the media have fueled the tensions even further.
This could be a defining moment for the Church. How did we get here? Why should we care? What can and should local Christian pastors, leaders and churches do out of love at this pivotal point to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ, further the gospel while we work for biblical justice?
Celebrate Simunye! is dropping a 4-part video episode entitled, “Defining This Moment” to begin to address these questions. We invited Dr. Murray Murdoch, Distinguished Professor of History & Government at Cedarville University; Dr. Mark Caleb Smith, Chair, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Political Studies at Cedarville University; along with Dr. Charles Ware, Executive Director, Grace Relations and Special Assistant to the President at the College of Biblical Studies in Indianapolis, IN, to sit down and help us define this critical moment in history.
Episode one premieres today, Friday, July 17th on YouTube at 7pm. Here’s the link. Because this video is a “premiere event” on YouTube, you will not be able to see it until 7pm tonight. Until then, the link will take you to our Celebrate Simunye Channel, where it will have a countdown to the premiere. After that, you will be able to watch it on demand.
The three-part discussion will seek to define the events that created this moment; define the terms that drive this moment; and define the biblical response to redeem this moment. A new episode will drop each week and can be watched anytime. A fourth and final episode is designed to answer questions collected from viewers throughout the series.
We invite you to watch the series of biblical narratives on race, organize watch parties, send in questions, and pray with us that the Church of Jesus Christ will rise up and provide leadership in this moment.
Celebrate Simunye! is a small group of multi-ethnic Christian pastors and ministry leaders in Springfield, Ohio who have been meeting for nearly four years. Our mission is to stimulate local churches towards biblically healthy, multi-ethnic relationships. Simunye is a Zulu word that means “We are One”.
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