August 14th, 2017
Jesus followers can’t ignore the deep racial divides in our city.
Jesus himself, in stark contrast to his deeply divided culture, offered teaching and healing across racial boundaries.
Here’s how Paul, one of the first missionaries, described Jesus’ work:
His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. (Ephesians 2:15)
Racial tension and reconciliation is the backstory behind many books of the Bible.
Reconciling believers of different races was the purpose of the first every church council.
In other words, this is an ancient problem—and one that the church has always been called to work against.
What does it look like in light of the racism we face in our country today? What does it look like in Austin?
We’re pleased to invite Latasha Morrison to Austin Mustard Seed to help us wrestle with this question.
Latasha Morrison is a bridge-builder, reconciler and a compelling voice in the fight for racial justice.
She previously served as Children’s and Next Gen Director and recently joined staff at Gateway Church Central in Austin, Texas as the Director of Operations.
In addition to her church positions, she has simultaneously cultivated Be the Bridge; a ministry to equip and provide tools for those who are actively involved in taking the next steps toward racial solidarity.
Be the Bridge exists solely to see the Church and its people become a credible witness for the glory of God. We desire to embody John 17, where Jesus prayed that we would be one as He and the Father are one. Our unity is a witness that points people to Christ. Racial division and segregation have hindered the prayer that Jesus prayed for all believers.
Be the Bridge desires to create space and conversations that would begin to tear down racial barriers that have divided people – even God’s people. (Via beabridgebuilder.com)
Liturgy and Lunch with Latasha
On Sunday, August 20, Latasha will join Austin Mustard Seed for a day of learning about being a bridge builder.
Join us in The Orange Chapel at Rosedale Baptist Church (4400 Maybelle Ave.) for Liturgy at 10:30am, where Latasha will be preaching.
Or join us at lunch beginning at 12:30pm where Latasha will be speaking on the topic “Be the Bridge.”
Lunch is available for all with a suggested donation of $10.
Childcare is also available with a suggested donation.
You can learn more about Latasha and Be the Bridge at https://