By The Rev. Ginger Litman-Koon, Mt. Horeb, Chapin
On a Sunday evening in October, youth and adults from congregations around the Midlands gathered for a “tailgate party” to view and discuss the movie Remember the Titans. Youth from congregations that are predominantly Euro-American and historically African-American attended this movie night hosted by Christ Mission, including St. Paul’s Lutheran, Pleasant Springs, Mt. Horeb Lutheran, St. Phillip’s Lutheran, First Nazareth Baptist, Mt. Tabor Lutheran, Temple Zion AME, Living Springs Lutheran, Pilgrim Lutheran and Impact Columbia. Inspired by the Selma viewings that have been hosted around the state, this event brought youth together across racial boundaries to discuss past and present realities of race relations in this country.
The group that planned the event is a new ecumenical youth council called “REMIX Columbia.” REMIX was formed by Midlands youth and adult leaders as a response to the Charleston church massacre in June. Their goal is to empower Christian youth to become leaders in the racial reconciliation still needed in South Carolina and throughout the country. The REMIX team is planning a Concert for Reconciliation featuring Urban Doxology on Saturday, March 12th. Urban Doxology is an outreach of the Richmand, VA-based Arrabon reconciliation ministry, and has been writing what has been called “the soundtrack of reconciliation.” Leading up to the concert, REMIX will be hosting a “Battle of the Bands” on January 23rd for youth bands and choirs to showcase their gifts and try for a chance to play as an opening act for the Urban Doxology concert. Please contact Pastor Ginger at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your group.
The first Remember the Titans event was a truly Spirit-filled experience for all who participated. The team hopes that other congregations throughout the state will host similar events to inspire our youth to bring forth the unity and leadership we so greatly needed among brothers and sisters in Christ.