RACIAL TENSIONS & Civil-rights veteran to preach power of churches, togetherness

By JoAnne Viviano, The Columbus Dispatch • Friday September 30, 2016.

“We have lost tolerance,” says John Perkins, who fought for civil rights in Mississippi in the 1960s. He will speak next week at the Rela Leadership Prayer Breakfast.

Churches and other places of worship can play a key role in helping to address the racial unrest that has boiled to the surface amid recent killings of black people by police around the country, according to a civil-rights leader who will visit Columbus next week.

John Perkins, who fought for civil rights in his native Mississippi in the 1960s, said segregated churches must serve as models and step outside their doors, with black congregations walking into white neighborhoods and white congregations walking into black neighborhoods to invite in the people who look different from the ones already sitting in the pews.

“We can find solutions to it if a few churches come together and begin to be intentional and try to create an environment of loving each other,” Perkins said. “I think that they would become a light and an example.

“We gotta work with each other to make the city a place where we can gather together and love each other — I think the churches and the synagogues and the mosques understand that — and begin to find joy in our togetherness.”

Perkins will be the keynote speaker at the Rela (pronounced REE-lay) Leadership Prayer Breakfast on Thursday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center…

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