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  1. Brian Foulks
    Brian Foulks August 19, 2013 at 7:40 AM |

    Great introduction and a much needed piece of writing. I have not had the opportunity to read Bradley’s book but the premise is well understood. Looking forward to the rest.

    1. Helen Brown-Mulima
      Helen Brown-Mulima August 19, 2013 at 8:39 PM |

      The only thing that kept me going in a predominately white university was my call into ministry years ago. Also, the fact I trusted wholeheartedly in the promise from God that was to prepare for ministry. I believed so strongly that nothing could ever dissuade me from my calling. With my experiences and commitment as a Christian at my church, I was about to make a difference in the people God was sending me to, without any reservations, just like Jesus did in his day. Although I felt I was looked upon at the university with eyes of “Why are you here? And do you belong here?” I know God was true to his promise and moved me forward again to receive a second masters degree. It better to trust God, rather than people when If comes to spiritual matters.

  2. Jeff Heidkamp
    Jeff Heidkamp August 19, 2013 at 9:11 AM |

    Looking forward to this. I was heavily involved in IVCF at my secular university, and I wince now as I remember our general approach to people of color. “Oh, hi, we offended you? Oh, ok, well, we formed this diversity committee, so now that we’ve offended you, we’d like you to join it and fix the problem for us.” If done with sensitivity, it may be the only option for ignorant oppressors (like me), it just highlights that reconciliation costs more for oppressed people than oppressors.

  3. Joel Perez
    Joel Perez August 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM |

    Great work on this. Glad I could help look forward to reading more.

    1. Bob Zurinsky
      Bob Zurinsky August 19, 2013 at 11:03 PM |

      Joel! We are so glad you’re with us at SPU. Happy beginning of week 3. Let’s get Subway soon.

      And Christena, thank you for all you’re doing. I know several of our students and alums who are finding great encouragement here.

  4. Leigh Kramer
    Leigh Kramer August 19, 2013 at 2:42 PM |

    I’m going to try to track down a copy of the book you mentioned and I’m looking forward to this series. Are you looking for other contributors? I may have a friend who would want to share her experience.

  5. Alyssa | all things beautiful
    Alyssa | all things beautiful August 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM |

    So happy you are doing this series. This is a topic that is so often overlooked. I attended a predominantly white Christian college and I know that I (and many of my friends) will be able to relate to these stories.

  6. ac
    ac August 19, 2013 at 4:42 PM |

    People don’t realize how hard it is to be the lone black race in the crowd. To constantly have to explain oneself or defend it. To be always reminded obviously or subtlety that you are different.

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  8. Beorn
    Beorn August 21, 2013 at 9:05 AM |

    I’m more excited for today’s article than the next Song of Ice and Fire book.

  9. Sean Palmer
    Sean Palmer August 21, 2013 at 1:21 PM |

    As an alum of a predominantly white, Christian college, I am so very grateful that you’re engaging this. I was in the Student’s Association and during my time there, our Student’s Association President, as well as, the Senior Class President were African-American. Yet, our experiences were still filled with tensions and we experienced a different school than our Caucasian counterparts.

    My school is and important and beloved part of my story. I have tried to serve her well. I the years since I left the administration has done many things to better the experience of minorities on campus, and I applaud them for it. The negative experiences were with students, not the institution. But then again, in West Texas, with very young people, much of that is to be expected.

  10. Ben Wall
    Ben Wall August 21, 2013 at 4:26 PM |

    Wow, thanks for sharing. I’m a white guy looking to love people like Jesus loves me. I’ve got a lot of work to do to get there but I’m looking forward to hearing more from you. Keep it coming! bw

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  12. Laura Carpenter Pritchard
    Laura Carpenter Pritchard August 25, 2013 at 10:03 PM |

    I am going to speak to a group of students leaders at a predominantly white, Christian college tomorrow on issues of race and diversity. I am going to use your most recent posts to generate conversation. I will also direct the leaders to follow this series. Thank you so much for your work. You met with one of my colleagues, Joy Bonnema a few weeks ago in Minnesota. I look forward to meeting you one day, also. In the meantime, I appreciate your courageous voice to the body of Christ. Thank you, Sister.

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