For Christians, working for racial healing and racial reconciliation is both an invitation and obligation.
It is an invitation to make real Jesus’ desire for a multiracial family and follow in his footsteps of breaking down racial division, as well as an invitation to enjoy the beautiful gifts of others who look different. It is an obligation because Christians of all people are called to pursue justice where there is injustice, to repent when wrongs have been (and are being) done, and to repair what is broken. This is God’s heart.
Once again, the Coracle community is taking our commitment to these things and putting feet to it over the coming months. I truly invite you to join us on our journey toward “all things new”. Jesus spoke about this reality, died to make it possible, calls us to enact it, and empowers it. Given the racism that has been emboldened in America in the past couple of years and the pain and fear this has caused for people of color, this work matters as much now as it has in the past fifty years.
I invite you to join me (and us, Coracle, and many partners) this year as we continue the journey toward racial healing in our land, with joy and sorrow intertwined along the way.
Saturday, February 9 in Arlington: Join me and Jim Melson for the “Journey to Justice” seminar This day looks at the the Civil Rights movement of the late 50s and 60s, paying special attention to its spiritual underpinnings.
During February, online: Start reading Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi in order to participate in online discussions starting in March with The Corhaven Graveyard book club. Contact Sarah Kohrs for details.
Ash Wednesday, March 6, online: Join us and the Repentance Project for “An American Lent”, a 50 day online Lenten journey to help better understand the ways the historical legacy of slavery persists today for the sake of making meaningful acts of repentance and repair in the context of relationships. Community discussion groups will meet in different locations around metro Washington and Baltimore.
Also on March 6 in Southeast DC, Little Lights begins their Race Literacy Class.
Saturday April 13-Sunday, April 14 around Virginia: Join our “Slavery in Virginia” Pilgrimage and take in important sites and experiences in Alexandria, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Quicksburg.
May in NoVA: watch a screening of “11AM”, a film produced and about our friends Arrabon based out of Richmond. Location and exact date TBD.
Saturday, June 8 in Southeast DC: Join us and Steve Park and Kendrick Curry and learn about how racial history and current dynamics has and still does effect many in Washington DC, and how God’s people are addressing it.
On the journey,