Kingdom People #3: The Face of Grace in Just Mercy

Kingdom People have hard conversations.

We’re continuing our journey toward anti-racism, having the uncomfortable conversation about the 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 final of our three episode sub series in which we have been taking up the invitation to be the church by committing to the work of anti-racism in part by watching three films together (13th, Selma, and Just Mercy) and then talking about them together.  

So join with Rev. Sara Wilhelm Garbers, community and staff member Laura VanderTop, and Dr. Christian Collins Winn as they discuss their learnings gleaned from watching the film Just Mercy in conversation with our invitations to live the gospel in view of the histories and present realities of racism in our world.

Just Mercy, recounting the story of lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s tireless advocacy for Walter McMillan, an Alabama man wrongfully sentenced to death, despite a criminal justice stacked against them.

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.

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.

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