Reconciliation Replay (February 13, 2014)

highlighting the best reconciliation words around

CELEBRATE Black History Month: "Why I Celebrate Black History Month" by Peter W. Chin

"February is Black History Month.  I have to admit that before a few years ago, I didn’t really celebrate this in any real way, besides giving it some cursory acknowledgement.  But now, I actively celebrate this month, both in my personal life as well as in the life of the church.  I don’t do so because it’s the right thing for an educated person to do, or in an attempt to pander to political correctness.  Nor do I do this because I consider myself anything close to an expert on black history and culture.  The reason I unapologetically celebrate Black History Month is because the past couple of years of my life have made me realize that, even as a Korean-American, it was only appropriate that I do so...Read more"

INTEGRATE your faith and black history: "His Story, Our Story" devotional on Kindle by Ramon Mayo

SEEK economic diversity in your church leadership: "The Poor Shall Inherit the Earth" by Marlena Graves

"As far as I know, being wealthy and influential isn't a requirement for church leadership, though. When we select nominal Christians as board members because of their clout over faithful disciples of Jesus we boldly declare our love of money and power. This habit also betrays our prejudice against the poor. We assume, being poor, they do not have wisdom or anything worthwhile to offer us...Read more"

UNDERSTAND why "black only" magazines, student groups, TV shows, etc are necessary: "Black Only?" by Austin Brown

"Since 1492, when Columbus sailed the ocean blue this country started a recored of European domination that resulted in a number of "white only" practices. Freedom was white only. Home ownership was white only. Literacy was white only. Land ownership was white only. Voting was white only. Politics was white only. Equal representation under the law was white only. (And many of these were white male only.) So America has a pretty steeped history of racial dividing lines, but that history was created by white people...Read more"

BE STRATEGIC in your fight for justice: "Transformative Justice Strategies for Addressing Police/Vigilante/Hate/White Supremacist Violence" by Andy Smith

"Many communities have begun developing transformative justice practices.  However, probably because this movement developed out of the anti-violence movement, these practices have generally presumed that the perpetrator is someone in the community or someone for whom that group has a connection.  But what happens when violence is committed by the police? Or a vigilate? Or by someone committing a hate crime?  We tend to default to the criminal legal system for these cases. And yet, as the verdicts for Trayvon Martin, Kelly Thomas, Oscar Grant and countless others show, the criminal legal system completely fails to enact justice...Read more"

CHECK OUT how reformed evangelicals are pursuing racial harmony: "Are More Evangelicals Taking on the Issue of Racial Harmony?" [video conversation with John Piper] by Reformed African American Network

"Pastor John Piper gives four reasons why he thinks pastors shy away discussing race...WATCH"

EXAMINE the role of race, gender and class in the criminal justice system: "What I Learned while Inside Cook County Jail" By Grace Ji-Sun Kim

"Sheriff Tom Dart said that out of the population of about 10,000 inmates in jail, only half should really be in there...Read more"

BRIDGE the gap between diversity and inclusion: "Leadership and the 'I' Word" by Carol Patton

"What we're learning over and over again is that light leadership works better in highly diverse teams, not strong leadership," says Williams. "Inclusionary (leaders) would say, 'I'm not going to be a strong leader of this team. I'm going to practice a little bit more relational leadership or light leadership.'"

Light leaders distribute their power throughout their team, rather than centralizing it under one person, he says, adding that more "courageous" HR professionals are pushing against the dominant culture of organizations, the belief that strong or centralized leadership is the most effective...Read more"