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It can be easy for organizations to fall into the trap of mere posturing and signaling—especially now when it’s popular to speak out against racism. But racial injustice in all its forms—particularly killings by police—have been around for a long time, and we must contend with the fact that for many of us, we simply have not done enough. It was not sufficient for us simply to have not been racist, it is time for us to be actively and enthusiastically “anti-racist.”
We join others in condemning the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and the persistent evil of racialized violence and injustice in this country. But we also repent of the ways that we have not adequately stood against the evil of racism in the past. We ask our black brothers and sisters to forgive us for diminishing its severity, averting our gazes, and even perpetuating such injustice deliberately or complicitly (read Redeemer’s statement here).
We must do more! Like many of you, we are taking time to listen, to learn, and to highlight and celebrate black voices as much as possible. As we plan for the future, we will work to incorporate more diverse voices in our curriculum, tackle racism more specifically in our programs and classes, and take meaningful action on bringing justice and reconciliation to a broken world.
The work of cultural renewal is long and arduous, and we must sustain our work beyond this moment. CFW is committed to a long-term vision for change. We will continue to teach and inspire others in their vocation as Christians to imagine how the gospel can renew not only our own broken hearts, but the broken communities and systems that are in desperate need of God’s redemption.
For now, we want to share some resources:
We encourage you to follow and learn from black Christian voices like Bryan Stevenson, Lisa Sharon Harper, Justin Giboney, Austin Channing Brown, Dr. Vincent Bacote, and some local voices like Dr. Anthony Bradley, Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes, Jordan Rice, James T.Roberson III + many others.
Religion News Service has also compiled a list of Black activists to learn from.
This collection of anti-racism resources is intended to serve as a resource for white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. For those of us who are white, we must do the work to educate ourselves, not placing that burden on our black brothers and sisters.
In 2016, CFW + Redeemer hosted a talk entitled “Grace, Justice, & Mercy: An Evening with Bryan Stevenson & Rev. Tim Keller.” You can watch it on our YouTube channel.
Redeemer’s Grace & Race initiative issued a statement concerning the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and will be hosting a time of prayer and lament tonight at 8:30pm.
Take action by donating to organizations like the Equal Justice Initiative or The Innocence Project, help bail out protesters in NYC, join petitions (Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor), or sign a pledge like the #8CantWait campaign for police reform.
- A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources: Medium
- “Preaching Against Racism Is Not a Distraction from the Gospel”: CT
- 11 Movies that Confront American Racism: Vox
- Bryan Stevenson on the Frustration Behind the George Floyd Protests: New Yorker
- Just Mercy has been made free to rent on digital platforms (iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, etc)
Director, Center for Faith & Work
Lament & Prayer Tonight at 8:30pm
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