People are suffering. How can the church show that it is listening? How do we exercise Biblical justice as Disciples of Christ? There are some practices that leaders, congregations, and organizations can adopt to eradicate systemic racism. The Bible is clear that all people are made in God’s image. Racism and oppression are against the heart of God, who does not tolerate injustice.
You can courageously and radically transform your church and community into an active force for justice and solace when the world seems to tell certain people that they do not matter. Racism is a sin that needs to be called out. In our latest New Church Hacks episode, be empowered to:
- Dismantle racism from the pulpit and beyond
- Engage anti-racism training at all levels of formation in your church
- Support organizations and community activists that are at the frontlines
- Discuss different ways in which others are fighting against racism
- Celebrate humanity’s rich cultures and diverse ethnic backgrounds and traditions.
Our featured guest is April G. Johnson (Minister of Reconciliation for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada). She is deeply passionate about racial understanding, justice and compassion. As Minister of Reconciliation, Rev. Johnson facilitates the church-wide process of awareness, analysis and action toward healing the fractures in the body of Christ that are caused by systemic racism. She collaborates with organizer trainers, regional and congregational staff leadership, anti-racism teams and ecumenical partners in her efforts to guide this work. Rev. Johnson has added mediation to the toolbox of Anti-Racism skills and practices in the church’s pursuit to embody a Pro-Reconciling identity. In her capacity as both pastor and administrator, Rev. Johnson emphasizes the importance of building relationships across differences as one of the critical ways that we actualize God’s plan for humanity and creation.