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 – by Maggie Bonecutter

While few positives can be contributed to COVID-19, one shimmer of a silver lining is the increased use of online platforms for gathering. Thanks to Alison Busch via Facebook, I learned of the Amplify Team’s book club virtual reading of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.

My husband, two daughters, and I were members of DUMC before moving to Pinehurst, North Carolina, 12 years ago. While we found a church community here, I desperately miss Dilworth’s close-knit community and my Circle 29 friends. I miss Dilworth’s relentless pursuit of truth and justice through God’s word. I miss hashing out on difficult topics without fear of repercussion.
While Caste was not an easy read, the opportunity to explore prickly topics like race in an open environment as the Amplify Team’s book club was an easy choice. We tackled passages, debated theories, and lamented our personal inabilities to effect change. And I saw my sweet friends face to face. It was glorious.

If you want to learn and connect with others in uncomfortable comfort, I recommend joining an upcoming Amplify Team book club.   

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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.

Suggested Resources

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Join the Amplify Book Club for our study on “Dear Church: A Love Letter From a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S.” by Lenny Duncan. Click Here to purchase a copy of the book, and please reach out to Pastor Cade to express interest in being part of this study.

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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