Mission: to Amplify Compassion by amplifying marginalized voices in our community, including those marginalized by their race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, or any others searching for equity. We will help challenge our congregation to amplify justice, mercy, and humility to create a more compassionate church.

Reflection – Katie McCraw

There is a knitting group at my office that meets one day a week during lunch—each quarter, we pick a local charity and do a project to help them out. Over the last few years, we have made countless blankets, scarves, hats, etc. It's fun to sit down with other people who love to knit and help other people! The group started when a few ladies got together to teach a few other ladies how to knit. Then more people heard about it and wanted to try, and the group grew large.

The fantastic thing about the group is the diversity of the members. Sitting together around the conference room table, we are all races - we are American, Caribbean, Indian, Chinese, Thai, and Panamanian. We are accountants, legal aides, secretaries, managers, and clerical workers. We are women, men, young, old, single, married, and widowed. The hour goes by quickly as we help each other fix dropped stitches, visit easily about our families and brainstorm the next project.

Nobody makes us do it. There are no brownie points, and we are not part of the corporate diversity programs. Everyone wants to come and sacrifices their lunchtime to be there just because they want to. We come together through a shared love of knitting and the desire to help those around us. We have accomplished that goal and found a surprise in the process - a wonderful group of diverse friends that have enriched all of our lives!

Suggested Resources
Watch: Three Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage by Valarie Kaur
Read: Systemic Inequality: Displacement, Exclusion, and Segregation
Listen: 74 Seconds Episode 6: Getting to 23
Check Out: Brookhill Community Resource Center

Join A Tu Lado - a ministry opportunity through the Migrant Assistance Project in which houses of faith partner with an immigrant family and walk with them on their journey through the immigration process in the U.S. If you are interested in joining an A Tu Lado team at Dilworth UMC please reach out to Pastor Cade for more information.

Join the Amplify Book Club as we read and discuss "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson. If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, click here to purchase a copy of the book, and please reach out to Pastor Cade to express interest.

Are you interested in sharing a reflection in the Amplify newsletter? If you feel called to share a story, testimony, or devotion related to diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation, please reach out to Pastor Cade. The Amplify Team is open to all members who feel passionate about shaping our conversation and working for justice in and through Dilworth UMC. Please contact Pastor Cade to become a part of this important ministry.
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