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Letter to the Editor: Solemn Assembly Saturday June 6

 

Last updated 6/10/2020 at 10:28am

Editor:

As you may know, I'm involved in the Bartow community, and for a number of years, been a member, and co-chair, of the Community Relations Committee (CRC). The CRC is a multicultural initiative of the community with the mission, "To enhance the quality of life for the Bartow Community through understanding and appreciating the differences among its people." We also have the goal of "fostering positive change through dialogue."

We have spent years bringing people together for open, at times hard, and ongoing dialogue, encouraging learning about others that are different than ourselves, and developing relationships across the cultures, backgrounds, and preferences we have naturally.

I was invited into a meeting on Tuesday afternoon where many of the local pastors and community leaders were gathered and challenged to do something, people need to see leaders are committed to overcoming the issues that separate us and unified in purpose to make our community one in the spirit and under Christ. It was made clear to me in the meeting, that to do nothing is a sin of omission and shows a lack of commitment to our diverse brothers/sisters and those with this burden. I think our community does pretty well overall in accepting others and walking in unity, and know we can and need to go further. I also hope we can help set the example and put love into action.

The group is planning a "Solemn Assembly" for 10 a.m. this Saturday morning (June 6). It will be outdoors on a lot at Davidson Street and Oak Avenue. I invite you to attend, pray for our country and the efforts of this group, and also to share with other leaders, individuals, or groups.

In closing, I've been personally challenged to do what I can, first by the group that met Tuesday, and then by my own conscience. Regardless of whether you attend or share this with others, thanks for considering it and for your prayers for the Solemn Assembly on Saturday.

Richard Dreyer

Bartow

 

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