Reconciliation Replay (July 4, 2013)

highlighting the best reconciliation words around

JUST READ THIS: “I, too, sing America” by Austin C. Brown

“I realize that for many white churches, I am the first black woman they have encountered in a ministry director role- the first to lead the class or host the meeting, the first to guide down the streets of Chicago, the first to preach to their kids and the first who was in control of the plan...Read more

COUNTER invisibility by responding:  “Lack of response and invisibility” by Brian Virtue

"Responding to people, providing tangible expressions of positive feedback to people’s presence and contribution, is necessary to helping people move past their invisibility angst or trauma.   It’s a reminder to me that it’s not good enough to just “not treat people badly...Read more

CONNECT with your neighbors:  “When strangers become friends” by Stephanie Williams

"How can we step more fully into relationships with the people in the world God calls us to love? God puts these people in our lives as neighbors, co-workers and classmates. We find them living across the street, in the cubicle across the hall, or sitting next to us on the bleachers at our kid’s soccer games… Wherever these relationships begin, what is a next step we can take?..Read more"

HONOR bilingualism: "What NOT to do: Tips from a monolingual mom in a bilingual household" by Sarah Quezada

“Maybe it’s because I know what it’s like to be monolingual in a multicultural world, but I highly valued passing on both Spanish and English to our daughter. With her nearing 2 and 1/2 and our second bicultural baby on the way, I realize I have learned a lot these past couple of years about what not to do as the monolingual parent in a bilingual home…Read more

TRANSLATE well:  “4 Ways to use Google Translate for Multicultural Worship” by Peter Kihyun Park

“Over the years I've heard plenty of complaints about Google Translate when it comes to the practical application for multicultural worship ministry.  But I've actually found there are a number of ways that it can be tremendously helpful...here are four of them…Read more

LEAD on: “Mark Deymaz on Leading a Healthy Multiethnic Church” by Stephanie Jackson

"Over the last ten years, the percentage of multi-ethnic churches in the United States has nearly doubled: from 7.5% to 13.7%. More specifically, 14.4% of Protestant Evangelical congregations are now multi-ethnic; and these percentages are on the rise. More and more churches and pastors, then, are embracing the biblical mandate, and taking intentional steps to plant, grow or otherwise develop healthy multi-ethnic churches...Read more"

STAND for justice: “How to Stand for Justice in 22 Steps” by The AYG List

“Today, I am awash with disappointment by the recent decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States regarding affirmative action and voting rights.  And while I could give a lesson chapter and verse about why their actions are a slap in the face to humankind, I am equally struck by the impotence many are expressing in social media about what can be done.  I have a few suggestions…Read more