*Church may be the most segregated place on Sunday, but Bishop T.D. Jakes is focused on eliminating that issue with The Reconciled Church, a place of worship designed to bring all races together within the faith community.
Jakes discussed the initiative during an appearance on “NewsOne Now” on Tuesday (May 19), while promoting this year’s MegaFest event. According to Jakes, “our separation is killing us and we really need to come together and it doesn’t just need to be a Black problem or a Brown problem — it needs to be an American problem.”
“Until we see criminal justice, education … economic empowerment as an American issue and not just a minority issue, we won’t get the results on a national level that we really need to get,” he told “NewsOne Now” host Roland Martin.
As for his motivation, Jakes revealed that The Reconciled Church was an “amazing opportunity to bring White pastors together with Black and Brown.”
He went on to cite such as things as not listening to the same news, interacting with the same people and reading the same publications as issues White pastors don’t encounter in their community.
“Where you receive your information from has a lot to do with the truth that you live by,” Jakes said.
Regarding MegaFest, Jakes described the semi-annual event as being about families, friends, connections and worship.
“.., but beyond worship and entertainment and fun, we have something for all ages,” he stated while noting the addition of seminars that address entrepreneurship. MegaFest attendees will be able to capitalize on the seminars as various Fortune 500 companies will be on hand to train them and share job opportunities that “we don’t hear about.”
The 2015 MegaFest is slated to take place in August in Dallas, TX. In addition to the entrepreneurship seminars, the event will include health fairs and book-bag giveaways that will help children get ready for the new school year.
To see Jakes’ “NewsOne Now” interview, check out the video below: