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Photo of Fannie Lou Hamer (center, with microphone) sang during a rally at the 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Fannie Lou and other Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegates—from left to right, Emory Harris, Stokely Carmichael, Sam Block, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Ella Baker—were challenging Mississippi Democrat legislation that made voting difficult for Blacks.


From the July/August 2015 Horizons Magazine,
Voting Rights: 50 Years of the Landmark Voting Rights Act and
Where We Are today
byNora Leccese

About This Issue
Mission and Racism

Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Sandra Brown. Clementa Pinckney. Cynthia Hurd. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton. Tywanza Sanders. Ethel Lance. Susie Jackson. Depayne Middleton Doctor. Daniel Simmons. Myra Thompson.

These 14 people were vibrant, loving and beloved individuals. They were also African Americans who lost their lives because of racism. Irrefutably, racism still casts a shadow on us today. It’s tempting to say that since the U.S. has a black president or that because we have friends of different races that racism isn’t a problem. But the deaths of these 14 people tell us that racism—particularly against African Americans—continues to be a real problem.

If we can understand racism as a sin, it’s a framework that we as people of faith can act within. We know that God is with us, eager for us to turn our backs on sin. We know, too, that repentance—the “dying-away of the old self and the rising-to-life of the new” spoken of in our Book of Confessions—will be difficult. But God’s love and the witness of Jesus Christ will guide us in building a community where all people equally enjoy freedom and wholeness.


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2015–2016 Horizons Bible Study

Come to the Waters
by Judy Record Fletcher

Suggestions for Leaders
by Larissa Kwong Abazia

In this study, we consider the waters of chaos in Genesis, and the River of Life in the last chapter of Revelation, where chaos is no more. Water plays a central role in the stories of creation, the delivery of God's people (through the parting of the Red Sea and the crossing of the Jordan River), judgment of a people weak in faith, and the adoption of the people of God through baptism. Sometimes there is too much waer (think Noah) and sometimes there is too little water (think drought in the desert). Together, we will explore some of the Bible's 800 references to water.

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Reconciling Paul:
A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians

by Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty

Suggestions for Leaders
by Irene Pak

Paul's writings are some of the most influential in Christianity. Revisiting the struggles Paul faced and the authenticity and integrity of his theology is an essential task for churches today in the midst of great change. Paul, like us, wrestled with and questioned his faith as he tried to live as authentically as possible in an ancient world that, like ours, was also in the midst of great change. What can we learn from visiting 2 Corinthians and considering Paul’s theology and ideas as they relate to the context of our time? Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty invites us all to read Paul’s letter afresh in light of today’s issues. Concepts of shared partnership, power in weakness, healing, reconciliation, love, and a new apostolate all figure prominently in her reading of Paul.


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