RACIAL RECONCILIATION

Over the next few months we're going to do our best to break the norm of ignoring racial tensions in our society. Below are some useful tools, thoughts and justifications for this move. At the end of the day, we believe this plays a large part in our desire to become more like Jesus. At times, it's painful, risky and even scary, but we trust in our Good Shepherd to lead us and give us everything we need. 

WHAT YOU'LL FIND ON THIS PAGE:

TEACHINGS/LECTURES

SPACE TO SHARE

BOOK RECOMMEDATIONS

STATISTICS

SPACE TO CREATE

 

teaching on being multi-cultural

Below is a teaching by Pastor Ruben on our commitment to not just be a multi-ethnic church, but to be a multi-cultural church. In this teaching, Pastor Ruben talks about the risks we'll need to take to properly be described as "christians" according to Acts 11v19-26. In addition, he makes a commitment on behalf of our leadership to explore and become a church that boldly participates inclusion and reconciliation around race. 


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Lecture/panel on race in america

In the video below three lecturers share their thoughts on Race in America as a brief introduction to the issues that surround the Christian Church. Dr. Lisa Hoff, Rev. Dr. Leon Wood and Tommy Forester do their best to help lead a discussion on how the members of Solid Rock Church can actively participate in becoming  part of the solution instead of our historical nature to be part of the problem. Take a look, watch and share your thoughts below.



BECOME A PART OF THE SOLUTION.

1. Don't ignore it. Historically the Christian Church has ignored the cries of minorities. The Christian Church has ignored the injustice experienced by minority people groups in America. In recent group research it was discovered that 13% of Evangelicals find themselves in support of groups such as Black Lives Matter. In the same research 73% of Americans agreed that the Church needs to play a role in racial reconciliation, yet we stand by idly not wanting to participate. It time we stop ignoring the problem and start talking about it.

2. Advocate for it. Some of us have more power than others based on the system we live in. The best thing we can do it to advocate for the solution to be seen in our social circles, communities, families, politics and even ourself. We should seek God's worldview on this issue and we should find ourselves speaking on behalf of others to advocate their rights, equality and ethical treatment. 

3. Co-create good. The reality of our identity as Christians is that we've been called co-rulers and co-creates of good with God. From the very beginning of God's story (Genesis 2/3) He intended for us to spread God's goodness and peace. Our mandate has not changed, in fact, it's become all the more real: Jesus has commissioned us to create good again. In the New Testament, we see Jesus introduction of God's Kingdom again and his call to spread that Kingdom of goodness for you and I. In God's grand narrative, we have to keep spreading this good. How do we spread this good? 

  • Pray. Join us in praying what Jesus wants us to do, even more, what Jesus wants you to do.
  • Listen. Sit with people who don't look like you or live like you and hear their stories.
  • Create. Use our form below to share your ideas and plans to individually and corporately be co-creators of good.

SOME RESOURCES

Jesus and his disciples actively sought to affirm and restore the marginalized and obliterate divisions between groups of people. Yet, our churches and ministries are still some of the most ethnically segregated institutions in the country.
— Brooke Hempell, Vice President of the Barna Group
By failing to recognize the disadvantages that people of color face—and the inherent privileges that come from growing up in a ‘majority culture’—we perpetuate the racial divisions, inequalities and injustices that prevent African American (and other) communities from thriving...
— Brooke Hempell, Vice President of the Barna Group