Last spring, we started a three-part conference series on the theme “Justice + Unity: Toward the Healing of a Fractured Church.”

Drs. Mika Edmondson, Christina Edmondson, Todd Robinson and a panel of local pastors provided biblical, cultural and historical wisdom for understanding what justice and unity means for us today. Click here to listen to the talks from the first conference. It’ll be worth your time.

After that conference, we collaborated with CityFest’s One West Michigan effort to host four monthly luncheons to dialogue and cultivate relationships. Scores of leaders from around the city came together in those fruitful discussions.


On Oct. 2, we will pick up where we left off. At this event, we will focus on Hispanic/Latino(a) experiences and perspectives regarding justice and unity. As I wrote previously, the biblical concept of justice and righteousness can be crystalized into two main ideas: “care for the vulnerable” and setting “right relationships.” The gospel’s call to do justice is all about looking for the vulnerable around us, caring for and defending them and taking steps to set relationships right, especially among God’s people.

When we think about Hispanic/Latino(a) communities and concerns, we can easily identify many who are vulnerable to harm: families fleeing corruption and violence; children separated from their parents; brothers and sisters in Christ whose grip on the English language leaves them vulnerable to abuse.

I hope you will join us on Oct. 2, as we focus our hearts and minds on what justice and unity means for Hispanic/Latino(a) Christians. Invite your church leadership, bring a friend or just come by yourself. Take steps with us to listen, learn and walk with one another.

Later this week, I will provide a few highlights about what the speakers will cover.