Next Steps Toward Racial Reconciliation
We live in a broken, racialized world. God’s kingdom is not yet here. But, through the cross, Jesus has destroyed racial barriers, the dividing wall of hostility and prejudice. God’s kingdom is already here. As followers of Jesus, we live in this tension and, when it comes to racial reconciliation, often we don’t know what to do.
The death of George Floyd in 2020 was a tragic, disturbing example of the “not yet” of God’s kingdom. Prejudice and racism are powerful forces in our world. Our hearts break for our black brothers and sisters. How do we respond? We know that unity and racial reconciliation are part of God’s kingdom, yet how can we help to bring his kingdom?
First of all, we invite you to pray. With humility, let’s ask the Holy Spirit to guide us individually and as a church community. Come, Holy Spirit! And, show us the next step you would have each of us take toward racial reconciliation.
Join a Racial Reconciliation Study
Race, Class, and the Kingdom of God Study Series
This 13 week video study series helps give us the tools to understand, discuss, and do something about the divisions we experience. We are living in divided times and Biblical reconciliation is hard. Together we will gain shared knowledge, language and best practices for community flourishing. Our goal is to begin to understand better how we can be effective in reconciliation. Please register to recive Zoom meeting details.
TIME: Thursday’s at 6pm starting on September 3, 2020
LOCATION: via Zoom
LEADERS: Allysa Geer, Megan Gillis Gambrell, Michael Gillis Gambrell
Color of Compromise Book Study
This 11 week video and book study will explore the truth about the American church’s complicity in racism. This historical survey is not a call to shame or a platform to blame white evangelical Christians. Rather, together we will learn to fight for a more racially unified church that no longer compromises what the Bible teaches about human dignity and equality. - Two groups will be doing this study.
TIME: Tuesday’s at 6:30pm on September 1, 2020
LOCATION: via Zoom
LEADERS: Rachel Thapa and Thomas Strewler
TIME: Every other Thursday at 7pm on September 10, 2020
LOCATION: via Zoom
LEADERS: Jenna and Steve Clappier
Join a Racial Reconciliation Event
Lament Worship Service
The Bible teaches us that lament (passionate expressions of grief and sorrow) is a powerful spiritual discipline that can draw us closer to God and his kingdom. Join us for an evening of songs, readings, and prayer as we cry out to God with grief and sorrow for the great harm and pain racism has caused in our world.
DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 7pm
LOCATION: In the Auditorium at the Duluth Vineyard - 1533 W. Arrowhead Rd.
Great Additional Resources
- The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby
- Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
- Beyond Colorblind: Redeeming Our Ethnic Journey by Sarah Shin
- Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Christian Smith and Michael O. Emerson
- Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery by Mark Charles
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
- Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
- Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey
- Vineyard USA Diversity Resource page
- Arrabon Racial Reconciliation Resources
- Be The Bridge Facebook Group
- Jude 3 Project
- Austin Channing's Work
- CCD the work of John Perkins
Please let us know if you have any questions or comments on these resources. Although we have found these resources helpful, we don’t necessarily endorse everything that is said in them. We can learn from others, even if their worldview is somewhat different than ours. We do, however, wholeheartedly endorse Jesus as the solution that everyone needs. The root problem with racism is sin and Jesus is the only solution for sin.