MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Soon after viewing tragedy and divide across the nation, two Tennessee pastors are hoping to distribute adore and acceptance in the Mid-South.
It started out as an idea to acquire a around the globe challenge and make improvements at the neighborhood stage.
Pastor Duane Thomas of the predominantly black Breath of Everyday living Seventh Working day Adventist Church in Memphis, reached out to Pastor Steven Gallimore of the predominantly white Memphis 1st SDA Church in Cordova.
They talked about pulpit swapping, buying and selling church buildings for a 7 days to offer standpoint and preaching racial harmony.
“Anywhere you uncover oneself, you really don’t have to shout out to Washington, and shout throughout the country. You can make a change, in this racial healing and in this racial divide, where you are,” Thomas said. “Although we may have distinct ways and diverse cultures, we all are seeking for the identical point, and that is to spread the really like of Jesus Christ.”
While the first trade will be only two church buildings divided by a couple miles across the town of Memphis, they’re hoping it could possibly capture on as a way for churchgoers to study about and embrace their neighbors.
“That’s the purpose. It is really just to encourage individuals,” Thomas mentioned.