15 Practical Steps to Racial Reconciliation

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  1. Ray Nearhood says:

    ONE… and IMO the only one.

    Racism in any member – and especially officer – of a church needs to be brought under the admonition and discipline of the church. And I mean “church” as a whole. I’m Presbyterian, so that means that either the session disciplines or the session is disciplined.

    None of these suggestions – though interesting – are Biblical. I mean, there are a lot of Biblical phrases applied.. well… unbiblically. But, how is sin dealt with in the church? As sin.

  2. JS Boegl says:

    Superbly valuable! This white, evangelical pastor appreciates you risking to share so honestly, and practically. Blessings!

  3. Jonathan G says:

    I was mostly on board with you until point 8 – I sincerely hope you haven’t tried this, because it will destroy inter-church relationships, whether it succeeds or fails. “You have more, you need to give some to me” will be a disaster, because it’s trying to unite churches using entitlement and a victim mentality.

    In the unlikely event that the other churches have the maturity to handle this well, the immaturity to agree to it carte blanche, and everything goes as perfectly as imagined, the ministry that does this will eventually run into issues when it’s grown as much as it can from the boost without actually developing the principles/framework/process needed to get there. Not having been faithful in little before being given much, it will stall at something, find someone else who needs to share with ill-equipped, poor, powerless them (probably the local municipality or state, possibly a private individual). And the cycle continues.

  4. Stephanie J says:

    Thank you so much for this post. As a layperson, I often wonder what I can be doing practically, besides listening (which is the first step to anything). Is there more advice you can give specifically to people who are not in leadership positions in the church, and who want to work for change on the ground, but who don’t know how?

  5. Chris says:

    Black evangelicals must learn to talk about the issue in a way that doesn’t imply (or even outright state) their white brothers are racists if they want to get cooperation and a fair hearing.

  6. Kennon Wigley says:

    Thank you for your clear, practical advice. I really believe we can make a lot of progress if we will at least do the first step well – “be quick to listen and slow to speak”.
    God bless you, Dr Williams!

  7. Ike Hughes says:

    Thank you for this post.

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