Claude Powe, a motorcycle pastor and former Black Panther, and Roger Gales, pastor of Heritage Christian Fellowship Church in San Clemente, stand arm in arm while a mostly white congregation sings “Amazing Grace.”
“’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear / And grace my fears relieved.”
It’s an old hymn generally thought to focus on seeing the light of the Lord. But on this day, the song takes on new meaning and offers newfound grace.
The service is almost entirely devoted to a panel of African Americans discussing what it’s like to be black in America. The mission is to make a dent in racism, help people of all colors put away their fears, talk together, discover comfort in unity.
Yet what matters is that Heritage Christian is not alone.
In small but increasingly significant ways, the tolerance preached in San Clemente is quietly spreading through a…