How the church comes together to respond to the racism issue in our world is so important. A generation is watching. And every generation takes a cue from the generation that came before it.
If we hope to demonstrate the Gospel to this generation then we are required to “love our neighbors” in a radical way.
We’re called to be a bridge relationally, racially, and demographically. In order for that to happen it will take hard work and a lasting commitment to understand each other.
It will be uncomfortable.
It might be confusing.
It can cause frustration.
But remember, empathy only happens when you press pause on your own preferences and opinions long enough to listen to someone else.
So what would it look like to do that?
What if we suspend . . .
. . . long enough to experience how others feel.
This is such an important moment in history for all of us to learn from Black leaders about how they need us to confront white supremacy and racism.
Our community here at Orange represents over 40 different denominations—many predominantly white. We believe collectively we can do something that politics and policies can’t do. We can show a generation how to be the church by how we love and understand each other.
Bernice King says, “We can’t include people at the expense of their truth.”
So let’s pause long enough to learn someone else’s experience and truth.
Let’s listen to what we haven’t heard.
Let’s experience someone else’s world.
You don’t have to agree,
but you do need to understand.
Here are a few places to start:
Books to Read
Videos to Watch
Just Mercy (free to stream!)
Links to Learn
Voices to Follow
Nona Jones (*Faith & Prejudice Facebook Live Series Coming Soon*)
For Your Ministry:
Free Talks on Race for Your Student Ministry
Middle School: https://thnkor.ng/trendingseries
High School: https://thnkor.ng/ihavequestions
We’ll keep updating this page with new resources as we find them, so you may want to bookmark this page to keep coming back!
(Find a great resource we should include? Comment, DM, or email us so we can add it to this list!)