Many Churches are Helping Ferguson Heal, 2 Florida Churches Merge in Racial Solidarity

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Here’s what you need to know in Christian News for Dec. 2:

Churches Rise Up to Help Ferguson Heal

A few churches are helping the city as it deals with violence and tension amid a decision not to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown.

New Northside Missionary Baptist Church is helping to clean businesses damaged by riots and move people out of the area.

At South City Church, the church is opening its doors to protesters, police and the community. The church is stocked with sleeping bags, dinners and prayer services.

“I do know that Christ is consistent in that we are supposed to pray for our enemy and we are suppose to forgive. The clergy don’t even dare bring that sentiment forward to the table, and when they do, it’s from a position that we are more righteous than them,” said pastor Rodrick Burton.

Florida Churches Merge to Show Racial Reconciliation

Two Florida churches– one a predominantly black congregation and the other mostly white — are merging to send a message to the state.

On Jan. 4, 2015, Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville will merge with Ridgewood Baptist Church in Orange Park.

“None of this would have happened without the leadership of Michael. He’s a good man,” said Shiloh Pastor H.B. Charles Jr.

“We’re hoping we’ll be a witness of racial reconciliation in our city and beyond and that we can come together beyond the things that divide us and work together to make the community better,” he said.

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