The National Council of Churches (NCC) Christian Unity Gathering was held in Newport News and Hampton this week. This year’s gathering marked the 400th year of the first enslaved Africans to arrive in America at Point Comfort, Virginia. Bishop Humphrey was in attendance and shared some of his reflections on the event.
I had the privilege of acknowledging the native lands of the Kecoughtan and Chesapeake people on which the National Council of Churches (NCC) Gathering met at the Opening Worship service held in the Bethel AME Church worship space in Hampton.
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton was the Preaching Minister in the service that included several other leaders, including Chief Stephen Adkins of the Chickahominy Tribe and the General Secretaries of both the NCC and World Council of Churches.
Bishop Eaton offered a powerful call to repentance, recognition and respectful accompaniment – especially to those in so-called “Mainline” denominations, as part of the historic recognition of 400 years since African people were taken from their own native lands and brought to Old Point Comfort to be sold and enslaved. It dovetailed with the Gathering theme: “Ending Racism: Confronting our Past, Revisiting our Present and naming God’s Preferred Future.”
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