Race and Living our Faith
“Very engaging and thought-provoking!... Eye
opening… Challenging… Upsetting…
Learned much… A good way to get us
talking… Helpful and convicting…
Strongly recommend… A quick read…”
These are words All Saints members
used after reading and discussing the book Dialogues on Race. Two small groups met 7-8 times via Zoom this past summer to use this book
and the accompanying videos to start conversations about race and Christianity.
Written by diverse Christian thinkers of our time, seven short essays address
racial issues from a variety of perspectives; they include a history of the
concept of race and a look at how different groups of people interpret the
Bible. Because All Saints members cannot congregate physically now, these small
groups were great ways to cultivate our faith and check in on our wellbeing.
Here are some takeaways
participants would like to share:
● The issue of
racism in our country is way more important than I realized.
● I gained a
new awareness of racial dynamics.
● “Race” is not
a biological reality created by God, but rather a social construct invented by
humans to assign value to categories of people based on their perceived
superiority or inferiority.
● I had never thought about our typical worship being
so “Eurocentric” before; it had never occurred to me.
● How hurtful
it is to generalize about a certain group of people, and when you meet someone
of that group, to say or imply that they are an exception to what you consider
to be the norm.
privilege is often invisible to white people, while it is obvious to people of
color who don’t experience those taken-for-granted advantages.
● The most
engaging times for me were our group discussions…in a respectful, safe space,
where everyone seemed willing to be vulnerable.
● People need to realize the advantages of taking on
racism now! It is helpful to discuss
amongst your peers to move forward.
Dialogues on Race propels us
to action. Ways group members are responding to this study include:
➢ Seeking out
opportunities to spend time with people of color and to build authentic, mutual
relationships with them (not just being there to “help” them)
with others in the west metro area in the new Dismantling Racism Community
➢ Reading and
listening to stories from people of color in order to internalize more of their
current and inherited pain, and to respond with love, care, and conviction, especially
regarding public policy
Urban Ventures by donating funds for serving meals and volunteering time for
Continuing to educate ourselves about racial
justice, white privilege, systemic racism, white supremacy, history from a
non-white perspective, and more.
Would YOU like to learn more about
the impacts of racism in our country, our communities, and even in the
Christian church? Are you seeking ways to be faithful to the God who created
and embraces diversity and who longs to see compassion and justice in our
lives? Below are some action steps to consider:
Read Dialogues on Race, published by
Sparkhouse (2019) – 122 pages. (Some copies are available for borrowing.)
Watch the 7 videos
that go along with the book. Contact
the church office for free access
Participate in a small
group to discuss the book and videos, either online through Zoom or some other
arrangement. (Contacts: Kathy
Hovey or Pastor Jon.)
by reading articles or books, listening to talks, watching videos, visiting
websites. For a list of recommended resources, scroll down to Education and Solutions and click
on links to look at videos, reports, recommended policy solutions and
Get involved with the All
Saints anti-racism group that is forming to implement follow-up actions
inspired by the Dialogues on Race
study. (Contact: Beth Young)
Take action in at least
one small or big way this month to “strive for justice and peace” by helping to
Watch for more information and
action in upcoming issues of All Saints e-news and the monthly newsletter. Stay safe and be well.