5th Sunday After Epiphany
Good morning 5th Ave.,
Unity. It’s a word we often throw around in church, but what exactly does it mean to be unified with the people in your church, and how can you foster this sense of unity?
What is unity? Does it mean you agree with everyone else in your church on everything? Does it mean that you all love pizza and hate pickles? All watch the same TV shows and listen to the same music? Of course not, we’re all different, and that’s great. So, what does it mean to be unified with people who are different from you?
Unity in the church is about coming together to form something bigger. It’s recognizing that we’re stronger together than we are individually. It’s enjoying fellowship with each other. Unity in the church doesn’t necessarily happen automatically. As with any relationship, we have to work continually at building and maintaining this unity. Ephesians 4:3 makes that clear when it commands us to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Black History Month is a tool for unity. Black History Month is not about cultural divide, but unity. It is a tool used to create and develop new awareness. It is not a parade of blackness or “blacks first” attitude. This month long observance was created on the idea that black Americans would understand the solid family values, work ethic, responsibility, essence of entrepreneurship and incredible dignity that was symbolic of Black Americans and their African ancestors. The vision was for Blacks to not be in need of a month or week in order to appropriately honor their accomplishments. Black history is American history and deserving of a year-round educational curriculum.
Blessings & Peace.
Rev. Clarissa Martinelli
Pastor, Fifth Avenue UMC
323 South Fifth Avenue
West Bend, WI
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful
beyond measure. I am a child of God.” marianne williamison