Miss. Organization Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Racial Reconciliation TourBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 08 Aug 2013 05:49am |
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A 6-foot cross has begun making its way across all of Mississippi's counties in 82 days.
After what resembled a good old fashion tent revival on the grounds of the state capitol yesterday, the wooden cross began it's journey to all of Mississippi's 82 counties. The endeavor is part of Mission Mississippi's 20th anniversary. Adolphus Weary, President Emeritus says the groups mission for the past 20 years has been to address racial issues in a Godly way.
"Historically, the cross was used by the Klans people to burn to intimidate anybody who tried to cross the racial line. Jesus, many, many years ago hung out on the cross called calvary and died that every single human being can be brought into the family of God, the old definition needs to go away, so that Christian's all over the state of Mississippi can see that we ought to be following the cross of Christ, not the cross that's been bad in our history," says Weary.
Duncan Gray is the Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Mississippi. He says even though cultural and racial obstacles still remain in the state the cross brings into the conversation a certain willingness to be vulnerable.
"Our Lord, brought healing through his own vulnerability, through his own passion and I think the healing, the reconciling work of Mission Mississippi will require willingness to go places that are not altogether comfortable in our conversation," says Gray.
While Governor Phil Bryant agrees that race relations must continue to improve he also believes Mississippi continues to make marked progress.
"People don't realize that here in Mississippi, how well we get along, how well we're able to work together even in the political segment of our lives; here on this Capital as I reflect on members that I've known for many, many years; here in the Mississippi legislature and it all comes together through the faith that we believe that we can work together for a better Mississippi and a better life for all Americans," says Bryant.
The cross will return to Jackson, October 27th for a statewide worship service at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. Since 1993, Mission Mississippi has focused its efforts on racial reconciliation in the state.
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