You likely have heard that oft-repeated adage by Dr. Cornell West. As West notes, Jesus urged his disciples to love their neighbors as themselves and throughout his ministry made clear the importance of this commandment.
As the Southern New England Conference's new Minister for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, I look forward to working with you to advance justice and love. I am excited about the many issues being addressed by our task teams and am working steadily to meet with task team members. I am grateful for your work and look forward to the ways that we will strengthen our connections and continue to expand our efforts throughout the conference. Together, we will plan for both short-term and long-term priorities as we seek to live into the mission and commitments of the Southern New England Conference.
There can be little doubt about the need for a coordinated focus on working for justice these days. Our work together is holy work. It also is work that we know will not end soon; some of the change for which we work will not be realized in our lifetime. Yet, we celebrate incremental movement, rejoice in major changes, and give thanks that we are able work together in community.
I invite you to be in touch with me with your ideas, concerns, and suggestions.
Blessings and Power!
Rev. James D. Ross II
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The Rev. Dr. James D. Ross II is Director Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He also provides support and leadership within the Conference, our churches, other settings of the United Church of Christ, and the communities where we live, worship and ...