July 15, 2013

COMMENTARY: Preaching in the shadow of the Trayvon Martin verdict

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The Rev. Dan Webster is canon for evangelism and ministry development in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. He is the former media relations director at the National Council of Churches. Photo courtesy Rev. Dan Webster

The Rev. Dan Webster is canon for evangelism and ministry development in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. He is the former media relations director at the National Council of Churches. Photo courtesy Rev. Dan Webster

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BALTIMORE (RNS) So much of what Jesus says makes no sense to us. He continually urges his followers to overlook rules, customs, even laws in order to be brother and sister to one another.

  • I’m delighted to hear you used the opportunity to bring people to the Gospel in such a way. As a black male, who although an Episcopal priest was recently stopped for “suspected gang activity,” I too hope we may come to a world where no one knows what it is like to be profiled. I believe the Church must have a role in this development. Will we rise up and preach the Gospel?

    In peace,

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  • Dan Webster

    My dear brother…I’m so sorry you were subjected to that. We, as the Church, must cry out, “No more” and show the culture how to live Paul’s words of “no more Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female.” May it be so. Blessings on your ministry and your witness.