My Sunday mornings between now and Easter will bring me to Southlake, Texas.
The Southlake Boulevard Church invited me to speak each Sunday during their two morning services through the first three months of 2007.
Southlake, Texas is located on Highway 114 just past (northwest of) DFW International Airport and on the road to Roanoke, Rhome and parts beyond.
Over the last two decades or so, this community has gone through an amazing metamorphosis.
The new home construction continues to boom, along with the population. Retail outlets spring up everywhere. The schools are expanding rapidly. Folks are employed at jobs that pay more than a livable wage. I am sure that Southlake is a great place to call home.
On the surface of things, Southlake seems a world apart from where I live and where I spend most of my time. Just about every category of growth that characterizes Southlake is not true of inner city Dallas.
East Dallas, at least parts of it, is growing with new home starts and a few new retail opportunities. Of course, nothing like Southlake. The pace is much slower and the problems associated with driving low-income families out of rebounding areas continue to challenge us.
South Dallas is the polar opposite of Southlake in terms of economics, growth, resources, investment and opportunity.
Beneath the surface of things though, down at the human level, I find so much that is the same.
The folks in the church where I am speaking confess many of the same fears, have many similar personal and family issues with which to contend and depend on their faith to make life workable. Like in so many East and South Dallas churches, the worship at Southlake Boulevard Church is lively, engaging and motivational.
While my impression is that the economic differences are great when I compare the communities, the spiritual resources are likely more nearly equal. I wouldn't be surprised if the low-income faith communities of Dallas don't have a bit of an edge in terms of faith and spiritual resourcefulness and opportunity.
Great, good people in both parts of the Metroplex--that is very clear to me.
I find myself wanting to get everyone together! I know such an experience would be mutually beneficial. What affects one part of the city affects every other part. If one person or neighborhood is diminished, all are diminished.
Segregation is never good.
So much is lost when people are kept apart. So many possibilities missed. So many solutions unrealized. So many friendships never forged.
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