Our network of US City Leaders came together on June 18 for a discussion on how the church can better facilitate the healing and reform needed to address racial injustices in our country. Rick Russo of Gloo.us reported recent survey results from pastors highlighting the realities and insecurities they face in leading their congregations. Alan Platt of Doxa Deo compared South Africa’s transition since the end of apartheid to our current situation in the U.S. saying, “We’re not talking just about legislation, although that’s one component of this journey. We’re in essence talking about transformation, which needs to happen in the hearts of people.” And Michael Allen of Together Chicago discussed the expansion of this national conversation to include violent crime within African American communities, sometimes referred to as “Black on Black” crimes and concerns about the value of every life.

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