Reconciliation Replay (May 23, 2013)

highlighting the best reconciliation words around

REFLECT on the need for humility and grace in reconciliation work: Complicity, Confession and Forgiveness by Scott Emery

“In short: we point out the brokenness in others, yet are hesitant, blind to, or belligerently unwilling to expose and deal with our own. As a result, we respond gracelessly towards perceived gracelessness and so perpetuate the very thing we originally saw as a problem....Read more"

REFLECT on the Apostle's Creed and how it speaks to unity in the Church: I Look for the Resurrection of the Dead by Crystal Lewis

"I look for resurrection among the people of God—people spanning across denominational lines and outside the bounds of theological orthodoxy. I look for signs that we are emerging from death into a greater consciousness of our responsibility to the world. I look for signs that we are emerging into a greater understanding of our unity as the church universal...Read more"

EXPLORE racialization in the Church from the perspective of an Asian-American: Christian Post interview with Pentecostal theologian Amos Yong

“We learn how to look at the world through a racial lens, one in which whites are superior and other races or ethnic groups less equal, if not inferior. I don't think we teach this as the God-given truth, but we do act in ways that basically presume the superiority of white evangelical culture, values, and perspectives. Growing up Asian (Chinese) in America and even into my young adult years, I tried to act and become white since I felt that full conversion to Christ meant leaving behind Asian culture and embracing "Christian" (white) culture. Whites don't realize that they are communicating this, and Asians do not generally realize that they are receiving this message...Read more

EXPLORE the role that structural racism plays in education: Why We Can't Blame Parents for Educational Inequality by Brian Foster

"Placing the onus on parents to ensure that their children have equitable educational experiences and outcomes excuses the ways in which inequality is often embedded in school, state, and national policies...Read more"

ENGAGE in justice work that honors oppressed people: Abusing Each Other For A Good Cause by Deb Winiarski

"Jesus often called people from the margins into the spotlight to make others aware of their situation and of his power to change it. From the woman with the blood disorder who only wanted to fade back into the crowd, to the man with the shriveled hand, to the widow and her tiny offering that was pointed out to all the people listening, Jesus used people who were outcasts and socially-discarded to prove his point. But he did it in a way that never compromised the humanity and God-breathed dignity of the person he was helping...Read more"

(Retroactively) CELEBRATE World Day for Cultural Diversity (May 21):  Check out this list of 10 things to do from Global Theology!

"1. Visit an art exhibit or a museum dedicated to other cultures. 2. Invite a family or people in the neighborhood from another culture or religion to share a meal with you and exchange views on life. 3. Rent a movie or read a book from another country or religion than your own...Read more"