Kingdom People have the hard conversations.We’re continuing our journey toward anti-racism, having the uncomfortable conversations about history of race in America and our role in racial justice. We do this as a community seeking both Christ and the good of our neighbors.
Join us this summer for a series on what it means to be a Kingdom People. The second of three episodes of our summer series will follow the work we are undertaking to be the church by committing to the work of anti-racism.
The second film in the series is Selma, recounting the story of Dr. King and his followers overcoming violent opposition to secure genuine voting rights in Alabama. Still haven’t gotten to watch the film? Here’s the link to a free stream via Amazon Prime, and here’s the companion prayer and discussion guide.
Then listen to the podcast and join with Rev. Sara Wilhelm Garbers, community and staff member Laura VanderTop, and Dr. Christian Collins Winn as they discuss their learnings and noticings gleaned from watching the film Selma in conversation with our invitations to live the gospel in view of the histories and present realities of racism in our world.
Before you listen in to our conversation, let’s keep our agreements in front of us (credit: Courageous Conversation):
1. Stay engaged
(do your best to be emotionally, intellectually, morally, and socially present in the conversation)
2. Experience discomfort
(talking about race inevitably creates discomfort, so instead of trying to avoid the discomfort, just notice it)
3. Speak your truth
(share your actual thoughts and feelings as they arise, not just what you think others want to hear)
4. Expect and accept non-closure
(much like the discomfort, be OK with uncertainty and welcome the process)
You can join with us in watching, growing, learning, praying, and becoming together by visiting our website.
We’re eager to trust Jesus as we follow him into making a more racially just world together. Let’s continue onward.