I believe this is a moment in history when Jesus is inviting His church to listen to our black and brown brothers and sisters in ways we may have never done before. I believe that as we listen, God wants to show us our own heart and give us His heart, so that we can be followers of Jesus who do justice (what is right) , love kindness and walk humbly.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
These resources have been very helpful to me. I hope they will be for you as well.
Playlist from Vineyard USA: Black Voices of the Vineyard
A collection of content from people of color in our Vineyard Movement.
Teaching from Bridgetown Church: Race & Justice
Bridgetown Church, led by John Mark Comer, is a church in Portland, OR that we've come to respect as we've listened to their teaching podcasts. They recently had a guest pastor, Mark Strong, speak on Race & Justice. Here is their description of the teaching:
We want to stop and acknowledge the reality that our Black and Brown sisters and brothers experience in our country. We are honored to have Mark Strong, lead pastor of Life Change Church in North Portland, with us to share what the Gospel of Jesus has to say about race and justice.
YouTube Videos from Tony Evans, The Bible Project and Phil Vischer
Free Movie: Just Mercy
From their site:
We believe in the power of story. Our film, Just Mercy, based on the life work of civil rights attorney, Bryan Stevenson, is one resource we can humbly offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society. For the month of June, Just Mercy will be available to rent for free across digital platforms in the US.
Vineyard USA Diversity Resources for Local Churches
This page was mentioned by Caleb Chou at the beginning of the June 7th Sunday Lounge Video
Be the Bridge Facebook Page
Recommended by Emily Pettersen: "Be the Bridge" to Racial Healing is a non-profit organization and a community of people who share a common goal of creating healthy dialogue about race and racialization in the U.S., with an emphasis on promoting understanding about racial disparities and injustices. The purpose of this forum is to create a safe and positive space for both learners and well-seasoned reconcilers. Our intent is to equip one another to become interracial bridge builders, or ambassadors of racial reconciliation, within our respective communities. The ultimate desire is for the church to become credible witnesses to true biblical oneness.