MONTGOMERY, ALA. – On the 50th anniversary of the world-altering Civil Rights march into Montgomery and Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech from the statehouse steps, The Reconciled Church movement–Christian leaders, nationally, from across denominational and racial lines, armed with a seven-point plan–continues the march to racial equity, peace and justice.
“The Church sparked and stoked the Civil Rights Movement, and the march continues,” Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in the Washington, D.C., said. Bishop Jackson, with Bishop T.D. Jakes and evangelist James Robison, assembled the first meeting of movement leaders–including Bernice King and Andrew Young–in Dallas this January. Leaders representing more than 40 million Christians sat down, signed a reconciliation covenant, and committed to immediate action to heal the racial divide in the U.S. Later that evening more than 6,000 people attended an internationally televised communion service at the world famous Potter’s House Church. From that meeting spurred by the Ferguson and Staten Island deaths sprang the Reconciled Church movement.
“Among other things, this movement–multiracial and multi-faceted–will empower through best practices and through the concentrated prayer of America’s largest grassroots army: the local church,” Jackson said.
On Wednesday, March 25, under the Reconciled Church banner and in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., two separate panel meeting in Alabama State University’s John Garrett Hardy Student Center will fine tune and develop a set of next actions for Montgomery and the state of Alabama. That evening a citywide worship service comes together at 7 p.m. at Fresh Anointing House of Worship in Montgomery.
“The term ‘believers together’ encompasses experts, leaders, foot soldiers–and all races–together,” Evangelist James Robison said. “White, black or brown Americans can scan The Reconciled Church roll call and see a face like their own, and that’s our strength.”
The Reconciled Church’s Seven Bridges to Peace:
- Prayer and Reconciliation
- Education Reform
- Civic Engagement
- Community Outreach & Service
- Marriage and Family
- Criminal Justice Reform
- Economic Development
Learn more about the Seven Bridges to Peace here: http://www.thereconciledchurch.org/seven-spheres
The first Reconciled Church meeting at Jakes’ Potter’s House church in Dallas included private prayer and information-sharing with Christian leaders and a panel discussion on best practices for racial reconciliation. Building on that, a closed-door panel of leaders meets the morning of March 25 at Alabama State University in Montgomery.
“This is a clarion call for the church to regain its relevance in the community by influencing the culture and helping to unite the country,” Bishop Jakes said. “To do so we must face our own divisions and move from rhetoric to relationship with each other. The church must arise!”