With Christmas upon us, it is a time when the infrequent among us may return to some church home out of desire or obligation. 

Today, our Michael Romain tells the page one story of multiple Oak Park congregations, of different denominations and ethnicities, which have found their way to worship together. They share a sanctuary at Corner Stone Church but have also found ways to talk openly about the challenges of being Christian together in racially fraught times. They have created ways to be integrated and to be distinct in the shared space.

It began with a casual affiliation between ministers of the white Anglican Corner Stone and the black True Freedom churches. At the start, they shared an intersection — Cuyler and Ontario. Corner Stone was in the handsome stone church. True Freedom rented space at Beye School. On a Sunday morning when True Freedom found itself inadvertently locked out of the public school, its members took a “Walk Across the Street” and were welcomed at their neighbors’, and soon partners’, church.

A Christmas lesson? We need less burrowing into the comfort of a religious home and more using the safety of our sanctuaries to work through the pain and the fear to genuine reconciliation. A worthy cornerstone indeed.

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