Action

Presence, Gifts, Service, Witness

The Action offers several ways you can, in small or big ways, begin to address the issue of racial injustice.

Presence, Gifts, Service, Witness

The Action offers several ways you can, in small or big ways, begin to address the issue of racial injustice.


Contributed by Ellen Knight

 

In the last year, we have seen the discussion of race increase in volume. Where racial struggles were ignored or whispered in private homes, they are now being shouted for all to see and hear. Many people of faith are already helping to lead and shape this conversation. If we are to imitate Jesus, we must enter the conversation ourselves. Here's some ways you can enter the conversation:
 

  • If you have not already, educate yourself on the #BlackLivesMatter movement.  
     
  • Attend a rally, a protest, or a workshop on race. Protest yourself or provide food, prayer, support, and love to those involved in the action.
     
  • If you are white, ensure that the voices of people of color are heard before you in a conversation. Make space for people of color to use their own voices.
     
  • Donate to nonprofits or organization that support housing and education for those in poverty. In today’s system, those are most often people of color.
     
  • Do not be afraid to use your presence and witness to demonstrate your commitment to following Jesus, Jesus who showed us that there is no place for injustice on the path to God.
     

As people of faith, we must join together to be a prophetic voice. We must be the church we want to see, moving forward together.

 

Ellen Knight is a writer and seminarian who lives in Florence, SC. She is a former teacher who now works with area nonprofits and ministries to address issues of poverty and housing in her community.

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