Great Plains told to ‘go deep’ to close racial divide


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The president and founder of Sojourners encouraged members of the Great Plains Conference to “go deep” during an address Oct. 28 on “the role of the church in a politically/racially divided nation.”

“It’s places like this that will turn this country in a new direction,” Jim Wallis told an audience at Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, as well as those in several watch parties throughout Kansas and Nebraska and those watching the livestream from the Great Plains website.

Wallis said he appreciated that the event, part of the annual “For the Transformation of the World” gathering, was presented by the Mercy and Justice team from the Great Plains. Mercy, he said, is “pulling a body from the river.” Justice is going upstream to see how the body got there in the first place.

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