ForColumbia began in 2015 with a simple mission, namely to bring local Christians together, as one, to share God’s love by serving our community, side by side. Scripture repeatedly affirms the need for Christian unity (1 Cor. 1:10; Col. 3:14, 1 Peter 3:8) and one of the ways we live that out is by building bridges to other believers who are not exactly like us.

In the run-up to our day of community service on April 29th, what better way to lean into our shared mission than to speak truthfully about the racial divide in our nation? Given the racial tensions rocking our country in recent years, the ForColumbia team is excited to share with you an important event coming to our community Thursday, Feb. 9th.

An Interview with Ben Watson
NFL player Ben Watson is coming to Columbia Thursday, Feb. 9th. The event is free and open to the public.

Veteran NFL player Ben Watson, currently with the Baltimore Ravens, is coming to speak to our city. In the middle of the 2014 riots in Ferguson, Watson posted a message on Facebook that challenged all sides in the racial controversy. That post went viral and Watson later turned it into an excellent book, Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race-And Getting Free From The Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us. While here in Columbia, Watson will share his personal family history and own experience about why there is racial division as well as his hope for how we might make a difference in our own community.

This event is free and open to the public, and will be held at The Crossing, 3615 Southland Drive. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Watson will speak beginning at 7 p.m.