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JUNETEENTH:
5 REASONS TO HONOR IT & COMMUNICATE IT TO YOUR CONGREGATION

  1. Juneteenth, also known as Jubilee Day, commemorates the "effective emancipation of enslaved people" in the United States. Whom the Son set free, was not free indeed. Emancipation Declaration was signed January 1, 1863 but enslaved people in Galveston Texas didn't get word of their freedom from chattel slavery until June 19, 1865. We give thanks to Opal Lee, the "grandmother of the movement" for making it a national holiday.

  2. As servants of the Lord and joint-heirs with Christ, it is our collective responsibility to be light in dark places, including the dark history of this country's past, to not only set the captives free but advance the Kingdom of God.

  3. It granted enslaved people the full expression of the Imago Dei.

  4. God is a God of vengeance, justice and has given us "the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair," so we should share in the celebration with the Black community.

  5. Until we are all free, in Christ and in the world, there is a need for lament.

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