A diverse group of 20 pastors from churches in the UA network have been meeting monthly since September to develop deeper relationships across racial, cultural, geographic and denominational lines. The goal of the group is to foster greater unity so that leaders and churches can more effectively serve the community together. 

Urban Alliance has partnered with the Ogilvie Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary to utilize their Micah Group model as a tool for facilitating dialogue on justice topics relevant in our communities and churches. “This group is a steady reminder that we are called to engage with one another in spite of our cultural differences and affiliations,” shares Dr. Michael D. Bailey, Co-Pastor of The First Cathedral. “Love will never drive out hate if we don’t understand one another’s contexts.”

Discussion topics have included racism, income inequality, gun violence, urban renewal, criminal justice, and violence against women. The next discussion will focus on immigration. Each topic includes significant reading in advance, but pastors bring their own life experiences and their churches’ experiences to the table in order to learn from one another and discuss practical ways to serve people right here in Greater Hartford.

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