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Dismantling Racism: Christ Has No Body

We Belong to One Another: Christ has no Body

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

~ St. Teresa of Avila  ~

Thank you for your faithfulness, and your vulnerability. It goes without saying that we cannot move forward unless we are willing to share our stories with one another.

I'd like to thank our facilitators: Cynthia Bailey, Alice Ball (thanks for the reflection, too!), Harry Boone, Howard Clark, John Donnelly, Peggy Dawson Edwards, Peggy Farnham, Tony Clarke, Kristi York Wooten, and Julia Worthy

Thank you to Mary Anne Ericson and Kristi Wooten for getting the ball rolling on the trip to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Thanks to Cynthia Bailey who will gather the brood for the experience.

Thank you for our pilgrims who wrote or spoke (or both!) about their experiences in Hayneville, AL during the Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage: Linda Foster, Mary Marvin Walter, Janet Clark, Peggy Stapleton, and Margaret Boone. Thank you to Catherine Meeks, Timothy Sommer Seamans, Michael Agwanda, and Thomas Worthy, for their presence among, and their conversations with us.

Thank you to Janet Clark and Judy Fielder for the time and attention that they gave to help prepare for our classes, as well as being willing to eat my experimental vegetarian chili!

Finally, a huge thank you to co-facilitator, Ursula Simmons. It was an early morning encounter with Ursula that inspired me to focus on this issue, and later ask her if she'd be willing to work with me on this project. It's truly because of Ursula and her courage that this Faith Forum took shape.

As always, I owe a debt of gratitude for the huge hearts in this community.

We are the Body of Christ.

The Rev. Lisa M. Zaina