Rev 7 2024
Voice of the Middle Ground's annual June Rev 7 Conference is a great way to learn more about the mission of VotMG and to connect with a community of others dedicated to living out that mission. It's also a great opportunity to dive into conversations about authenticity, diversity, and community guided by and rooted in a Biblical perspective. Save your spot today. Interested in getting a much more abbreviated taste of the Rev 7 Community? Use this link to discover more about Voice of the Middle Ground virtual Campfire Sessions and when you can connect with the next one from the comfort of your own home.
They say that the longest journey begins with a single step. In order to take that first step though, there must be a cause. This cause is what echoes into action, inspiring not only this first, initial step but also every step thereafter. This voice is life and vibrancy, truth and love. In it, we find the constellation of lives and souls, connecting in the heart of grace, collecting in the framework of the greater story.
There exists within man a tendency to create within himself a barrier through which he sees the world. There is ever after a vision and perspective through which he sees every person not within himself as “other”, as the toxin by which life is polluted. He is forced then, or so it seems, to serve others at the expense of self. In politics we see this in models of government ruling based on the consent of the governed, individual rights given up in exchange for the promise of safety and security. In faith, we see Jesus giving up his life so that all may be reconciled.
Sacrifice is the price of love. Love is the price of both peace and reconciliation. Love can also be the most difficult thing.
My journey toward the recognition of the call to love started in the middle of my own battle with the recognition of what it means to exist in a world where I was afraid to fully be myself, before I realized the depths of the mask that this required of me. What I didn’t realize was what the cost of hiding in plain sight was, not only for me, but also for those around me.
What I did know was that, around me, a war was raging. The weight of historic and present racial and community injustices were beginning to take their toll. Backlash to rising anger and tensions was rising as those who hadn’t been aware of the depths of these injustices either sought to remain in their ignorance and were angered by the fact that others were forcing them into the place of the realization of their ignorance.
Others, grieved this new knowledge and lashed out either in their grief or in response to the call to guilt that was leveled against them. Perfect love casts out all fear. Love is not a friend of guilt.
The question of love isn’t one of hiding or guilt but of transparency and partnership in the journey forward. This is why Voice of the Middle Ground is committed to authenticity, diversity, and community, walking together in Jesus who sees our struggles. Ultimately, it is his voice that calls forward the first step toward change, transparency, and partnership. His voice is the voice of love that calls for each.
Together, propelled by this Voice, we’re focusing on the central areas of: embracing diversity in churches; mental health; childhood education; returning citizens; police officers and first responders; intergenerational trauma; and community building.
Voice of the Middle Ground’s main ways of working toward these goals are through partnerships with community organizations and through the provision of educational opportunities like our annual Rev 7 Conference and through the provision of tools and resources organizations can use to help them better walk with those in their local communities.
Although we started our pursuit of this mission in 2020, Voice of the Middle Ground officially achieved 501(c)3 tax-exempt status in February of 2022. This means that all of your gifts are tax-deductible.