A few weeks back, while attending the Dallas Faces Race Conference, The Reagon family, Bernice Johnson and Toshi, spoke about the phrase “Kumbaya moment.”  If there was ever a time for a Kumbaya moment, it is now.

Not the pejorative Kumbaya moment we have come to know…a real Come by Here Lord moment…maybe even a Come by Here Lord movement.

A cry, not unlike the lamentations from the desert in Egypt so very long ago.

A cry, not unlike the lamentations from the streets in Jerusalem today.

A cry, not unlike those plaintiff wails from cotton fields in the Deep South not so many years ago.

A cry, but unlike those from those being led by coyotes across the Southern border, unknowingly destined for the sex-slave trade.

A cry, not unlike those that echoed in Birmingham, Selma, Memphis, Atlanta, Soweto and Johannesburg, calling out those who would seek to hold back the waters of freedom and justice in the name of Scriptural half-truths to preserve a status quo that was hen, and is still today, no longer acceptable.

A cry, not unlike those the resound from the streets of Ferguson, New York City, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Albuquerque, Salinas and Dallas, calling out those who would seek to hide behind the letter of the law to preserve a status quo that is no longer acceptable.

A cry of “Come by Here Lord” because we need “justice to roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream” now as much as ever.

We need a Kumbaya moment.


About Vince Gonzales

United Methodist Laity, married to a recent Seminary graduate seeking ordination. Active at all levels of the Church, I sit on the Board of The General Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church, one of our 13 UMC Agencies. I also am the Chair of the Racial and Social Justice Task Force of Churches Uniting in Christ, an ecumenical group of communions, dedicated to the reconciliation of ministries and fighting racism, as well as representing the UMC at Christian Churches Together's Hispanic/Latinx Ministry Gatherings. Additionally, I am one of two committee members from the South Central Jurisdiction serving on the DisAbility Ministries Committee of the UMC. My polity pendulum often swings to both extremes so one never knows what they might find on this page!
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