Yes, after 20 years of serving with Cru, it’s been a bittersweet transition to position myself so I can lean into the prophetic vision that is needed to articulate how the gospel is needed to address our society’s social & individual sins: injustice & unrighteousness. 1/
It’s also critical to be in organizational spaces that affirm & empower you institutionally. That’s why I appreciate the #LeaveLoud @_PassTheMic message. Many are suffering needlessly in spaces that don’t value their ethnic identity & story. But it’s also tough to leave ... 2/
The bonds w/ those who have been so significant to your own life - even the org’s impact in your life- in spite of its shortcomings is real which is why I champion those who will #StayLoud too. We must choose one, we can’t afford for any to do neither. 3/3

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