January 15, 2021

Many of us are still in shock in regards to what occurred at our nation’s capitol on January 6th. The assault was heartbreaking. We are still feeling the pain of that attack. We recognize that our nation is divided on many issues. The work of the church will be for us to seek ways to bring about unity in the midst of our differences.

2020 changed us.  We saw violence directed towards black lives; we saw peaceful protesters turn into angry mobs. We saw violence and destruction. Lives were lost. And the pandemic continues to take the lives of thousands of Americans every day.

In a talk from our North Georgia United Methodist Bishop and in a recent article by Carey Nieuwhof, I gathered some insights into how we can seek to be the church in 2021. We must always promote love and hold to our Christian values. We must stop using any notion of “us versus them.”  We need to stop dividing ourselves. Our nation has become a victim of propaganda which has stirred up those who have been dealing with their own disappointments.  We will need to work towards reconciliation. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said that before we can have reconciliation, we must have truth and accountability.

Blessings to you as we move forward in hope of a better year,

Rev. Jody Alderman