September 2018 Dialog E-Newsletter

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The Painful and Lasting Impact of White Supremacy

White supremacy is blatantly rearing its ugliness again (e.g.: "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017 and "Unite the Right 2" in Washington, D.C. last month). It reminds us of our country's painful past. Thankfully we are not where we were 50 or 150 years ago, but white supremacy's lasting impact on American society can hardly be denied.

And, while every Converge church would repudiate the racist elements of "Unite the Right" (I trust), it's less certain we would be able to see and agree on the continuing imprint white supremacy is having on our churches today. Frankly, we are likely blind to most of its effects on our theology, our practices, our church's racial make­up, and our lack of power in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to an increasingly multi­ethnic America. Objective introspection and open dialog between ethnic groups can and will open our eyes to critical understandings and helpful adjustments that can be made to radically love and respect all kinds of people like Jesus did.

Encouragingly, there is great hope for God's church in this realm, and it is not too late to pursue God's original intent for His church (see Paul's writing to the Ephesians, as an example). It may even be that God will use the current race problems in our communities to wake up and heal our churches.

To get churches to a place of possible healing and power, however, it will take church leaders and members laying aside pride, anger, fear and shame to humbly take strides in listening, learning, lamenting and leading.

We truly can be... Better Together,

David Yetter
Executive Minister


Notes: (1) The above picture is a 1960's era picture. (2) Elements of this "discussion­advancing article" find their source in Chris Rice's writings and Harold Lewis' training. (3) Want to learn more on this topic? Prayerfully examine One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race by John M. Perkins. 


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