Discern

Beloved St. John’s community, We have reached the final week of our “Six Week Introduction to a Lifelong Journey: Dismantling Racism through Jesus’ Way of Love.” This week, our theme is Discern: What does God call us to do next, as individuals and as a community? There are a hundred million things we as individuals and[…]

Commit

Beloved St. John’s community, We have listened, learned, lamented, and repented about the sin of white supremacy and systemic racism. Of course, these actions are not “one and done”; these are lifelong stances to which we are invited, as followers of Jesus. Last night during the Wednesday Zoom discussion, folks said they were both overwhelmed[…]

Repent

Beloved St. John’s community, This week in our deep dive into dismantling racism through Jesus’ Way of Love, we—especially those of us who are white, but all of us in different ways—choose to repent. This week of all weeks, I most mourn being unable to be physically present with one another, sharing hearts and faces[…]

Lament

Beloved St. John’s community, We are in week three of a six week deep dive introduction to a lifelong journey: Dismantling Systemic Racism through Jesus’ Way of Love. This week, our focus is the ancient Judeo-Christian practice of lament. The world seems caught in a frenzy of trying to fix systemic racism. It can seem[…]

Learn

Beloved St. John’s community, We are continuing our six week introduction to a lifelong journey: Dismantling Racism through Jesus’ Way of Love. Our focus this week is “learn”: which means, to discover and share stories that uncover how we formed assumptions about race; and to connect those assumptions with sin, brokenness, and sickness. “Learn” also means[…]

Beloved St. John’s community, I am writing to you today to ask you to join me on a journey—a journey about finally, irrevocably, connecting Jesus’ Way of Love with dismantling racism in ourselves and our country. There isn’t a person among us who isn’t anguished about what happened to George Floyd, and to the countless[…]

Beloved St. John’s community, We have all been anguished by the killing of George Floyd and the tremendous racial injustices this has illuminated in our country. As followers of Jesus’ Way of Love, I believe we are called to pray, lament, repent, and commit to address the sins of racial injustice and white supremacy in[…]

Resources for Family Conversations For Parents of CHILDREN:  How young is too young to talk about race? (click the image below to enlarge) “How to talk to your children and teens about protests and racism in age-appropriate ways” https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/01/health/protests-racism-talk-to-children-wellness/index.html Children are cultural sponges who absorb what surrounds them. These are two lists of resources, children’s books, toys,[…]

Continuing the Work In this moment of agony for our communities, we find strength in the truth that we are all beloved children of God, knit together by the sacrificial, life-giving love of Jesus. However, we know that racism is a deep wound dividing the body of Christ. Our call to practice the Way of[…]

The Way of Love in Racial Justice: Unlearning Speed, Distance, and Innocence A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children, and refuses to be comforted, because they are no more. Jer. 31:15 Beloved St. John’s community, As I have watched and participated in the events of the[…]

Beloved St. John’s community, This week, I watched the video of George Floyd, an African American beloved child of God, being callously killed by a white police officer kneeling on his neck. The police officers utterly ignored George’s minutes-long repeated statement, “I can’t breathe,” and ignored watchers who asked them to just put George in[…]