Punching Holes in the Darkness

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III comes from a long line of civil rights activists. His parents were very active in the civil rights movement, working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and were actually married by Dr. King. His father served as a co-pastor with Martin Luther King Sr. at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

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He continues that legacy of social justice activism in his role as senior pastor at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ.

“We are a church that has been clear about our connection to the community. One of our mantra is ‘unashamedly black unapologetically christian’. God has never called us to give up our Africanity, nor our Christianity. They are melded as one, we are beautifully and wonderfully made the way we are… [The church does] everything from designing housing on the south side of Chicago, rebuilding our community within a ten block radius, bringing food to a food desert, creating a farmers market that works specifically with African American farmers; We’ve been a part of dismantling the prison industrial complex in Illinois… we’re an activist church, and that comes out of my own upbringing, that, in order for you to fully commit a life in Christ, you have to be about justice, and not just creation of policy but the connection between love and justice.”

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III will speak on Friday January 25th at the First Congregational Church of Boulder on Punching Holes In The Darkness, Hope For Our Nation In Dark Times. On Saturday he will lead a workshop Lighting Candles In The Dark, Creating Justice Centered Faith Communities In An Unjust World.

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