I spent 90 minutes with a congregant yesterday plotting an adult education unit on race. We’re pretty sure what we don’t want.
We don’t want people to say, “Ugh. Are we still talking about this?”
We don’t want white self-flagellation (my congregant is African-American).
We don’t want abstract theorizing about problems “out there.”
Instead, we want candid conversation about who we are as a congregation that both acknowledges the barriers to racial diversity our worship and fellowship erect but that also is grounded in the reality of who, really, is likely to participate in a Presbyterian church in a community that is 3/4 white.
We want a space where stories are shared: stories of struggle, stories of endurance, stories of faithfulness.
We want to raise awareness about the discrepancy between the racial composition of our community and the ones to our south and east.
We want to be transformed by the gospel:
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
And we want all that in three 45 minute increments.
As thought bait, watch this Vox video on race and tell me what you think.