I have recently had the distinct privilege of being one of the editors and contributors to a remarkable book by Rick Ufford-Chase entitled, Faithful Resistance: Gospel Visions For the Church In A Time of Empire. Rick is someone I have respected as a mentor and as a partner in peacemaking for years and this is his attempt to frame a vision for the kind of church we could be: a church driven by concern for the least and the last and motivated to resist the powers and principalities of our day. It is an incredible book which I hope you will read.
In response to the violence of this past week we’d like to share the second chapter of this book with you. In it Annanda Barclay addresses the question of how the Black Lives Matter movement relates to the church, and of the disconnect between them as well. Rick responds with a reflection about his own experience growing up in a congregation which was the result of a merging of an African-American church and a white church. Then leading from these experiences the chapter offers some questions for reflection and a few starting places for churches to take seriously anti-racism work in their own communities. Please download and read the chapter, and feel free to share it with friends:
Systemic evils like racism don’t just fade away over time. They have to be opposed. We have to learn how to resist. We have to be willing to risk ourselves for the sake of others. Hopefully this small contribution to the conversation will help us develop the capacity for that faithful resistance by which we gain a glimpse of God’s Shalom.