Submitted by Reconciliation Ministry
Reconciliation Ministry Across our denomination, there are congregations meeting weekly, spreading the Gospel and doing mission in their communities, but how many of these congregations know each other? God created us to live in relationship and community. We can’t deny it – we need each other, and we need relationships. We cannot be the Church by continuing to do mission in the same ways, and with the same people, as before.
To help meet this need for intentional community, Reconciliation Ministry launched our “One Bag of Tea, One Conversation, One Relationship” initiative at the 2017 General Assembly. This campaign is rooted in our oneness in Christ. As we endeavor to work for racial and social justice, and to ensure radical welcome for all, we know that we can only accomplish these goals if we know each other better, if we create links within our church by breaking down the walls that divide us.
Together, we can start changing the narrative of this world by having personal, deepening, honest, supportive, and faith-building relationships. We must be intentional about developing such relationships, and it can all start by sharing a cup of tea with someone you would like to get to know better.