Racial Reconciliation (#RacialRec) Series Summary 2012

As I conclude the Racial Reconciliation Series today, I am reminded of the wise words of many who are pursuing reconciliation. They state unequivocally that racial reconciliation cannot happen without the presence of humility by all engaging parties. So I leave you with the following scriptures for meditation:

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you (Col. 3:12-13 [NIV]).”

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others (Phil. 2:3-4).”

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you (Eph. 4:32).”

Below is a list of all posts from this series, along with recommended reading:

Racial Reconciliation Introduction

Part I: Diversity and the Church

Diversity: Who cares?

What’s Worship have to do with it?

Leaders Move Church Diversity Forward

A “Do the Right Thing Leader” Hispana, featuring Pastor Daniel Gomez

Sound the Alarm—Our Symbol, Our Prayers

An Honest Look in the Mirror

Is your Church a Credible Witness for Christ?

Snapshot: Spotlight on Steele Creek Church of Charlotte, NC

What’s this Series Really About?

Spotlight on Grace Community Church of Greensboro, NC

Making a Transformation, Spotlight on Transformation Church of Charlotte, NC

Do Americans Prefer Segregated Sundays?

Part II: Book Discussion of Dr. John Piper’s “Bloodlines” with Trillia Newbell

‘Bloodlines’ Book Discussion and Trillia Newbell Introduction

‘Bloodlines’ and Racism Discussion: Why We Can’t Wait & the Myth of a Post-Racial Society

What’s Love Got to Do with It? Discussion: Do Racist Have a Debt to Pay and Confronting Racism

Fallen Images, Pride, and Humility Discussion: Redeeming Fallen Images and Humbling Ourselves

Is It Only a Dream? Discussion: Pressing forward to pursue racial reconciliation and the justification of Christ

Are We Partial to Our Own Tribes? Discussion: Agents of Harmony and the Standard of the White Tribe

Has the Cross Touched You? Discussion: American Christianity and the Abuse of Grace

How Can We Pursue Racial Reconciliation? Discussion: Racial Reconciliation Lament

Can We Change our Vision? Discussion: Christ’s Bloodline and How We View People

Bloodlines Summary: Assess, Believe, and Change

Part III: Neglected Voices in the Church

About White Voices

Ask a White Man. He is the Standard.

Dr. Donald Fairbairn Interview: American Slavery, Neglected Voices, & History of the Church

Extend Grace to the White Man

Raising the Indigenous People or American Indian Voice

Interview: Kimberly Owen  American Indian Contributions to America, lost of American Indian Stories, Recommended Resources

Raising the American Indian Voice featuring George Tiger (Muscogee Creek), Shaping the Thanksgiving Story, Building Relationships with American Indians, Recommended Documentaries and Presenting Other Indian American Voices

American Indian Reflections Confession, Repentance, and a Native American View of Thanksgiving Video

Raising the Asian American Voice

Interview: Helen Lee, author (Korean American) Intentionally developing relationships with Asian Americans, Confronting the Sin of Racism in America

Interview: Vivian Mabuni, author (Chinese American) Part I and Part II Part I: Tension of being Asian, American, Christian, and Woman Part II: Theme I continued, pursing relationships with Asian Americans, Communication Gaps

Interview: Marlene Molewyk, writer (Chinese American) Part I and Part II Part I: On being a first generation American, language barriers, Chinese American history, race related wounds Part II: On being an Asian American, history of racism and racial reconciliation concerning Asian Americans, the Neglected Asian American voices and relationship building

Asian American Reflections The Evaluation, The Solution, and The Trailblazers (Asian Americans to Watch)

Raising the Hispanic American Voice

Interview: Daniel Gomez, Pastor Immigration, Hispanic family values, building relationships with Hispanic Americans

Neglected Hispanic Voice Lecture Notes: Rev. Jorge Prado The Numbers, The Language, The Ministry and Message, The Money and Contributions, Impact on the American Church

Hot Topic: Immigration

Interview: Lilia Ramirez, retired military veteran Impact of Increasing Hispanic Growth in America, Personal Testimony, American Ideals in Regards to Ethnic and Cultural Diversity

Hispanic Voice Reflective Summary Go and Be Reconciled, Hispanic Influencers to Watch

Raising the African American Voice

Raising My Voice as an African American Woman Black Women: Their Faith. Their Influence. Their Leadership. The Challenges of Being Black, Evangelical, and Woman in America

Interview: Raising the Voice of the Black Preacher, featuring Dr. Pastor Howard-John Wesley Part 1 and Part II Part I: The Debt Owed to the Black Church, What is the Black Church and its Relevance Part II: Bridge Building, Internal Challenges Facing the Black Church Today, Worship, Pursuing Racial Reconciliation with African Americans

Interview: Edward Gilbreath, author and Christian publications editor Use caution when dropping the “racism” bomb, personal testimony, how money plays into the discussion, on being a bridge builder

Interview: Raising the Voice of African American Professors, featuring Dr. Derek Hicks and Dr. Jim Logan

How seminaries are missing the mark, Evangelism and Culture (Contextualization), White Christian Leaders and Minority Mentors

African American Voices Reflections Highlights from Dr. Tony Evans book Oneness Embraced, Black History, The Way Ahead, Raising Other African American Voices, Recommended Reading

Black History Month 2013 Series

Closing Summary Post: Mission Incomplete

Recommended Reading:

Natasha’s Recommendations:

“The Next Evangelism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity” by Soong Chan Rah

“We Stand Together: Reconciling Men of Different Color” by Rodney Cooper

“A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism, and Race” by Brenda Salter McNeil

“Church Diversity: Sunday the Most Segregated Day of the Week” by Scott Williams

“Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical’s Inside View of White Christianity” by Edward Gilbreath

“Oneness Embraced Through the Eyes of Tony Evans: A Fresh Look at Reconciliation, the Kingdom, and Justice” by Tony Evans

Other Resources:

I have listed recommended reading on most of the ethnic group summary posts. Therefore, I won’t list them again here. There were too many books recommended in the resources I read, so I am only listing a few that reoccurred which specifically address some of the topics shared during the series:

“United by Faith” and “Divided by Faith” by Michael Emerson

“More than Equals” by Chris Rice & Spencer Perkins

“Building Unity in the Church of the New Millennium” by Dwight Perry

“Evangelism Outside the Box: New Ways to Help People Experience the Good News” by Rick Richardson

“Free At Last: The Gospel & the African American Experience” by Carl Ellis

“America in Black & White” by Stephen & Abigail Thornstorm

“The Rage of the Privileged Class” by Ellis Case

“One Church Many Tribes” by Richard Twiss

“Growing Up Latina in the United States” by Harold Augenbraum and Ilan Stavans

“The American Church in Crisis” by Dave Olson

“From Every People & Nation” by J. Daniel Hayes

“Race: The History of an Idea in the West” by Ivan Hannaford

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