Examples of racist reconciliation efforts, half 1 | The alternate

Examples of racist reconciliation efforts, half 1 | The alternate

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Churches of different ethnicities have been gathering for decades to achieve justice and reconciliation. But in 2020, those efforts seem to have accelerated after George Floyd's death and subsequent protests. Here are examples of responses on Twitter from across the country, geographically identified from the eastern United States, central country, and west.

Eastern USA

South Carolina: Congregation planter and pastor Will Browning (@Willbrowning) shared the following from the Charleston area: We had over 20 multi-denominational churches in Charleston, SC, teaching a series of sermons together in July.

Virginia: Brian Ayers (@BrianAyers) shared the story of three churches in Northern Virginia that had banded together for a series of messages about races. Check out the first week here.

Also, Community Church (@CommunityChurch) ran a series called Uncomfortable Conversations which was really good.

Mac Pier @macpier added, “We've been zooming into a bi-racial denomination in the 757 area of ​​Virginia every Saturday for 40 weeks. We are determined to find solutions together. "

New Jersey: Austin Bogues (@AustinBogues) sent us a message about a white and black pastor in Asbury Park, New Jersey and their growing relationship after the assassination of George Floyd.

Image: Shore Christian Church

North Carolina: New City Church (@newcity_us) delivered a series of sermons this summer titled Blind Spots: Seeking Justice From the Inside Out and shared a video series titled "A Just City Conversations" of resources for groups, families and individuals. us.

Pennsylvania: Matthew Bomberger (@MattBomberger) sent us a live chat on Facebook. Pastors Stefan Bomberger and Daren and Tasha Miller took part in the conversation about the Christian reaction to racism in the Memorial Church of God in Christ in Haverford, PA.

Everywhere in the country

Arkansas: Jay Armisen (@Jay_Arms_) shared about pastors working through NWA United in northwest Arkansas.

Michigan: Wendy M. Wetzel (@wendymwetzel) told us about Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation in Grand Rapids, MI.

Oklahoma: Rick Thompson (@rickhthompson) posted a report on Pastors Rick Thompson of Council Road Baptist Church and Rodney Payne of Bethlehem Star Baptist Church working with their churches.

Missouri: William Marshall (@bro_wmmarshall) and Kenny King (@ KennethKing10), co-pastors of the Grace Bible Fellowship, brought churches together at the next level when they merged two churches (King & # 39; s was mostly black, Marshall & # 39; s predominantly white) to form a diverse church in a community that had none. Marshall said you can learn more about it on their podcast.

Additionally, David Mason (@JesusSojourner) spoke about building meaningful relationships and conversations with all ethnic groups in our northwest Missouri city.

From the West

California: Benjamin Chung (@benjaminlchung) of SF Bay said, "20 churches (with different backgrounds) led by us pastors have gathered our members. A total of 120 people. We have just spent 6 weeks on John Perkins' book One Blood spoken over Zoom. Had mixed up small discussion groups on purpose. Healing. Breaking barriers. "

Oregon: Ron Clark (@ God2Chances), director of Kairos Church Planting, shared their church planting series on ministry amid bias, racism and black lives matter.

Here you can see a zoom discussion for our Spring Surge Kairos Church Planting Series, which looks at ministry amidst Bias, Racism and Black Lives Matter.

Spring Surge: Bias, Racism and Ministry is the third installment in our series that focuses on two ministers and their perspectives on Black Lives Matter, racism and Christianity in the US.

Dr. Tifre also shared her experience of racism and discussed how churches can support those who are oppressed in their community.

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