I welcome Reverend Scott Aleridge as a guest writer for Juneteenth today. Please read his excellent post.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 
Today we honor Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States and signifying the ongoing fight for equality. Juneteenth represents the pivotal moment in which the last formerly enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that they were free from the institution of slavery. This motion marked a new beginning for the Black community, but also serves as a reminder of how far we still have to go to achieve racial equality and social justice.
I ask that you honor Juneteenth by committing to increase your awareness and consciousness of the racism and bias that continues to exist in our society and the role each of us, especially the church, must play in driving change.
While we have much to do to bring about equality and justice, we are living through a period where fundamental positive change is happening before our eyes. All of us have an opportunity and a responsibility to be a part of driving meaningful and lasting change together for a better future. 
Please continue to pray for one another, support one another, exercise empathy, and celebrate our differences. As the Cumberland River District, we have an unwavering commitment to diversity within our churches and in our communities so that, they (world) will know us by our LOVE, which is centered on Christ. 
Scott Aleridge