Building Bridges: Racial Reconciliation and Understanding
Many of you have asked for tools to educate yourselves or your families. As Christians we must acknowledge pain and injustice when they exist. As realists we must acknowledge that any passionate topic can provoke partisan politics. How then should we respond to the request for resources?
On reflection, we need to seek the center, where all voices can be heard and where we can experience gracious open-minded dialogue. To do this well, we have to place our confidence in you. So we will. We believe in your compassion for those who suffer from racism, your desire to add understanding to your empathy and your motivation to promote racial equality where you can.
This gives us confidence you can handle a resource list that includes cries of anguish, passionate appeals, personal points of view and well reasoned essays. If you are troubled by opinions expressed in a particular source, set it aside for now. Yet, keep this in mind, the critical skill learned by all superb therapists is to hear the pain, fear and anger of a client, even when it is amplified or distorted. Aspire to the interpersonal arts of the Holy Spirit.
If we only listen to opinions we agree with, we will not grow. If we only value people like ourselves, we will neglect or reject some of God’s other children. We on senior staff don’t agree with every viewpoint expressed in the resources, yet we hope to hear and value each voice represented. More than some members, we are comfortable with strong disagreement between friends.
Resources include books, essays, videos and movies. You can improve our resources by emailing your suggestion to our research team for racial equality issues.
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Recommendations from Black Christian Leaders
ELIZABETH WOODSON, MINISTER AND THEOLOGIAN
AUSTIN CHANNING BROWN, AUTHOR OF I'M STILL HERE
LECRAE, CHRISTIAN HIP HOP RECORDING ARTIST, SONGWRITER, MUSIC EXECUTIVE, AND ACTOR