Weekly Uplift-“Race Matters”

The above quote is one of my favorites from one of my favorite pastors and theologians—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The marches and protests and demonstrations that we are seeing are meant to signal and effect a need for change so that more light can shine in the world on those who need it greatly—people of color. This light sharing is best done when we share from the stance of love, not hate. We will be exploring Racism and our response to it this Sunday in worship.

Dr. King’s words have both inspired and haunted me through the years. There have been many times that I have pressed for change or tried to lead a group, and my attitude has included negative thoughts and feelings, even hate. I am not proud of these times and my behavior. I have tried to make amends for them over the years.

Other times, I have been engaged in leadership as a messenger of light. I much prefer this attitude because the interchanges are much more pleasant, even when there is disagreement and even when the result is not exactly what I wanted.

But, here’s the rub: I’ve got to make the choice. I’ve got to consider carefully my options and make a choice for light. If I don’t, and, if I’m not feeling very well, then I make a choice for darkness to convey my message. Which negates the message of love, hope, justice, transformation, etc. that I am trying to offer.

So, whatever you are saying and doing nowadays, I encourage you to make a choice that embodies light. Please do not go down the pathway of hate and darkness. And, you’ll then be happier with what you say, no matter the result.

For years now, I’ve been collecting helpful books, articles, actions items, videos, etc. on Racism and how we might begin to deal with, react to, and work against it. These have come from many sources: our Disciples’ General Church Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciling Ministry, my friend Greg Christian (speaker last Wednesday Night Live!), and from some of my clergy colleagues. Though you and I may not agree with all of these, below are a few resources to begin. 

What are some of YOURS that you would like to share? 

*Book (I’ve read—it is helpful and simple to read): I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

https://www.amazon.com/Im-Still-Here-Dignity-Whiteness-ebook/dp/B07466JDSH/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2X76EYBHAWLGM&dchild=1&keywords=i%27m+still+here+austin+channing+brown&qid=1591891420&s=books&sprefix=i%27m+still+%2Cstripbooks%2C180&sr=1-1

*Book (I’ve read—it is long and offers lots of details of Racism in American History): A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=a+different+mirror+a+history+of+multicultural+america&i=stripbooks&crid=289JN6GIKHDMT&sprefix=a+different+%2Cstripbooks%2C346&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_12

*Book: Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully About Racism

https://www.amazon.com/Anxious-Talk-About-Christians-Faithfully/dp/0827200722/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1ESQ6TABVIOUF&dchild=1&keywords=anxious+to+talk+about+it&qid=1591891315&s=books&sprefix=anxious+to+talk+about+%2Caps%2C224&sr=1-2

*Website of 50 Action Items to Address Racism

https://medium.com/@joshuavbarr/a-better-way-50-plus-action-items-to-fight-against-racism-white-supremacy-in-your-community-edc5a8b63b13

*From Forbes, Inc.: Dear Companies: Your BLM Posts are Cute, But We Want to See Policy Change

https://www.forbes.com/sites/janicegassam/2020/06/06/dear-companies-your-blm-posts-are-cute-but-we-want-to-see-policy-change/?fbclid=IwAR2Kf78xAnT5gD9UkO-esyIsJ58ez5siMionTTdy4PGEEkmosE7OBNHHz1w#7042e4e91b9c

I pray that these and other resources that you are finding are helpful to you.

Peace,

Pastor Doug

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