Unicity Leader Café: We need each other in this cityBookmark this
On a recent hot August morning, Unicity Leader’s Café was held at the First Presbyterian Church. There, Officer Doug Greene articulated our city’s biggest problem in four words. “Hurt people hurt people,” he said.
Doug, a San Antonio Police Department Information Officer, explained what he’s seen from inside the walls of the police department before carrying out his job, which is, all too often, to inform the public in high-profile crime perpetrator cases. “I have the opportunity to sit down and watch the detectives talk to these individuals,” he told the audience of ministry leaders. “It never fails that when the detective starts to bring up family, that person starts to get a little quiet. There’s a quiver in their voice. The tears start to flow. And I can’t tell you how many times they before they walk in front of those cameras, we have to wipe those tears from their face.”
Megan Legacy, Unicity’s Board Treasurer, says broken families are one of the reasons she wants like-minded leaders of faith to meet. For this event, Unicity invited hundreds of leaders from all walks of Christ-following ministries and churches. August 28, about 300 men and women convened to pursue Unicity’s purpose, which is to be a catalyst for hope, uniting people, ideas and resources to serve the community.
Last week there were four panels with three or four guests. While ministry team members from all over San Antonio’s parachurch and church ministries sat at round tables of eight to 10 people listening and eating lunch, the three sets of panel leaders discussed: collaboration between ministries; children and youth and families; and city transformation. Then the diverse ministry team members sitting at the tables had a chance, after each panel discussion, to ask questions of each other and listen to new ideas.
Megan loves these gatherings. “I was part of earlier discussions with Unicity when we were realizing that there were a lot of community collaborations happening — talking about social issues — but the church wasn’t at the table, and we weren’t talking about the gospel or the kingdom of God.”
It’s all happening now; ministries are helping ministries. As Gilbert Hernandez,CEO of San Antonio Youth for Christ said while on the panel discussing collaboration, “I’m striving at this point more than ever in my life to say, ‘What does a real kingdom win look like versus just an organizational win?’”
Megan has an idea of what a kingdom win might look like. We asked her what she would like to see happen in our Alamo City in five years. “Number one, that our city would create this shared empathy by being in proximity and creating fellowship and relationship, getting outside our comfort zone; getting to know people who live across the street or across town or across the city. Number two, that every person in our city would realize that they all have a role to play,” Megan said. “Can you even imagine if every church in our city fully mobilized, joined hands, and said, ‘we’re going to do something about this?’ Can you even imagine the resources, the relationship, the love that would be in our city? We’re all called to care for the orphan, the widow, the refugees.”