Summer 2006 Rapport: Thoughts from the Prez
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among diverse peoples is hard work. The apostle Paul
clearly compels me to live out daily reconciliation in
the very concreteness of human relationships with people
I grew up on the plains of North Dakota. Diversity was not
talked about, but we knew we had differences. We were German
or Norwegian, Lutheran or Catholic. Being Pentecostal, was
definitely “different.” I sure felt that way.
while living in Chicago, I watched the civil right struggles
through TV images emanating from the South. Though my high
school was integrated, I did not realize the depth to which
our nation was divided nor the fullest meaning of the struggle
for justice that was being waged by Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. and others.
Reconciliation among diverse peoples is hard
work. My experience in over 50 nations of the world has
taught me that everyone doesn’t see things in the same
In 2 Corinthians 5:17-20, the apostle Paul clearly compels
me to live out daily reconciliation in the very concreteness
of human relationships with people unlike myself.
visibility to the doctrine of redemption, we need Spirit-empowered
communities of Christ’s followers
to live humbly and make people welcome, treating them
with respect, so all who enter can be unified because
they are all embraced by the grace of Jesus Christ.
President Byron D. Klaus
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Monday, July 24, 2006 11:09 AM