For the past month, this blog has hosted a series of guest posts offering thoughts on race and reconciliation within the church in America. I will offer my own thoughts about this series in a concluding post later this week, but I also wanted to offer an overview and summary of the posts as they appeared throughout the month of August. For those of you who have been following along throughout the month, or for those of you who have only read a few of these posts, please add your own thoughts or comments. What struck you? What challenged you? In what way are you going to respond?
A dozen women and men have contributed essays related to racial reconciliation in the evangelical church.
Model Minorities: Welcome to the Church by Romesh Wijesooriaya
An inside look at interracial dating, marriage, and the church.
Why I Stayed in a Predominantly White Church by Trillia Newbell
Sacrificing comfort, gaining unity. Why attending church is vital even if it doesn’t meet all your felt needs.
In Christ, There Are No Racial Stereotypes by Michael McBride
A call for scaling up evangelical leadership in racial reconciliation.
Confessing My Racism by Anna Broadway
How extending and receiving forgiveness could transform us all.
Bankruptcy Helped Me Love My Neighbor by Troy Jackson.
How one pastor found himself caught up in the mortgage crisis.
Just Because the Door is Open Doesn’t Mean I’m Welcome Here by Kathy Khang
Every church makes assumptions. It helps to acknowledge them.
In an interview, the Christian civil rights leader responds to the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Racial Reconciliation 2.0 by Rudy Carrasco
Understanding why we are all called to the work of reconciliation.
An interview with reconciliation scholar Dominique Gilliard. Find out how racial reconciliation is a "foretaste of heaven"—and what it might mean for white Christians given our country's history.
White Christians: It’s Time to Stand in Solidarity With Your Black Brothers and Sisters by Christena Cleveland
The history that led us to Ferguson.
Want to be Multiethnic? Get Ready For Discomfort by Corey Widmer
Living out the gospel ideal of reconciled community proved far more difficult, and wonderful, than we ever expected.
Margot Starbuck interviews Leroy Barber on his time in Ferguson and hears about beauty, lament, and sitting together at the foot of the cross.
Why I Don’t Want My Child to be “Colorblind” by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson.
Four ways to see the beauty of the colorful world of people all around us.
Christ is the Answer to Our Race Problem by Kyle Canty
Three practical, public, and personal ways for the church to lead.
Ten resources to better understand racism, division, unity and healing within the church.
Some final thoughts, and a prayer, on how to respond when racial reconciliation seems hopeless.
I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below.