Grace Christian Church’s Vision for Racial Justice
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)
We believe that all people bear the image and likeness of God with equal status. Therefore, all people must be treated with dignity and respect. As followers of Jesus Christ, we condemn racism in every form, conscious or unconscious, individual or systemic, and feel compelled to stand against any attitudes and actions that diminish or harm any persons or group.
We confess as sin preferring our own comfort over the discomfort that comes from speaking against prejudice. We also confess as sin that our hearts have been dull to the suffering of our black and brown brothers and sisters. As one part of our body hurts, we must all hurt. As one part suffers, we must all suffer.
At Grace, we not only pray for a world that is peaceful and just, but we feel called to help bring it about. On every front, we vow to partner with God and other allies to help fashion a world where EVERYONE has an equal opportunity to flourish and thrive.
We commit to listen to the voices and wisdom of those who have experienced the demeaning realities of racism. We also commit to act in the interest of Biblical justice in all the places where God has given us influence. We vow to pray and actively work for God’s kingdom to come and his will to be done on this earth as it is in heaven.
OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW
Grace will be putting forward the following initiatives and programs over the coming months:
Color of Compromise – 12 week, video/discussion group – January 2021
How to Fight Racism – 10 week, book study/discussion group – April 2021
Be the Bridge: “We Need to Talk” for People of Color – Summer 2021
Fuller Institute – Spiritual Practices for the Journey
For people of color – Healing Racial Trauma
Our vision is that people and organizations are aware and responding to the racial brokenness and systemic injustice in our world. People are no longer conditioned by a racialized society but grounded in truth. All are equipped to flourish.BTB – 16 Bridge Building Tips for White PeopleDownload
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At EmbraceRace, we identify, organize – and, as needed, create – the tools, resources, discussion spaces, and networks we need to meet 4 goals:
- Nurture resilience in children of color
- Nurture inclusive, empathetic children of all stripes
- Raise kids who think critically about racial inequity
- Support a movement of kid and adult racial justice advocates for all children
We prepare global citizens to create a more just, humane and peaceful world using Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and methodology (Nonviolence365®).
Smithsonian – 158 Resources to Understand Racism in America
This page will be updated regularly. Please check back for more resources and courses.