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Calling: Forever Changed by the Wesleyan Commitment to Social Justice

Hannah (DeLoche '10) Shanks

Hannah ShanksOn August 10th, 2014, I stood in Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson, Missouri, during the early upheaval following the death of Michael Brown, Jr.

I gathered with neighbors and local and national community and faith leaders. We sang, we cried. We did what God's people do during times of mourning and upheaval. We told one another the stories of God and worked out with trembling and courage how God would have us respond. I knew in that moment Christ was calling me to go and witness what was happening in my city.

The next night, I stood at the iconic QuikTrip with friends from GC. We distributed water and food. In peace, we listened deeply to the stories of my neighbors in the street with us.

My life and faith have been forever changed and strengthened by the Wesleyan commitment to social justice and its faithful embodiment in the Church and in the streets as we grapple with the disease of systemic racism and injustice. Since hearing and responding to Christ's call in Ferguson, my understanding of Christ's work in the Incarnation, his suffering and the hope of resurrection have taken on a new urgency and vibrancy. I continue to be converted again and again by the work of reconciliation and witness.

Hannah Shanks is a freelance writer, consultant and mother to Ezra, age one. 

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This story was published on August 16, 2016

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