A New Role for Women in Southern Baptist Agency
I imagine you have found yourself in situations in churches and Christian groups when you were the only woman, the only African American person, or the only African American woman in the room. Is that something you pay attention to?
Throughout my Christian life, I have attended predominantly white churches and work with several organizations that are also predominantly white. So, yes, I do find myself in situations often where I am the only one. Even within my own family I can often be the only black person (my husband is white). Do I pay attention to it? It depends. There are times when I forget but what I find interesting is often someone else will bring it up. As a black female anywhere I go I am a black female. I don't believe people can be (or should be) color-blind. So I will often be asked various questions related to race or ethnicity or my thoughts about related topics. I don't mind at all! I would much prefer someone ask than be curious.
What advice would you give Christian organizations that have become convicted to taking diversity more seriously?
I think we get in danger when we try to be diverse for diversity's sake. I would probably ask questions like, Why do you desire more diversity? Who do you hope to reach? What areas do you see others serving in? Is there something within the organization--say a mission statement or the environment—that has prevented minorities from pursuing positions? From there I think the organization should begin to take inventory on how they've approached ministry. Finally, they'd simply need to recruit people who are qualified for the positions they have open.
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