Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

A Kairos Community

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

A Kairos Community

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Joshua 24:1-3, 14-2.5; Psalm 78:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:1.3-18; Matthew 25:1-13

Mary T. Washington of Chicago stepped bravely beyond race and gender boundaries in 1943, becoming the first black female certified public accountant in the United States. Washington, 99 years old when she died in late July, first opened an accounting practice for African-American clients in her basement while working on her college degree.

Washington lived and led in a world not yet here, creating what her business partner later called an "underground railroad" for aspiring black CPAs. Was she ahead of her time, or simply living in God's time for her and her people?

Joshua 24 celebrates one of those pivotal moments in biblical history when a people step beyond the chronos of what is supposed to happen according to human clocks and calendars and into the kairos fullness of time when an extraordinary God-given possibility changes everything. Though Joshua assembled dissimilar tribes at Shechem, they committed themselves as one people to reject the "other gods" of their ancestors and enter into a future-oriented covenant with God and one another. …

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