What Black and White Christians Need to Hear From Each Other Concerning Racial Healing

Though segregation ended in the United States decades ago, it is evident that our country has still not healed from racial wounds. The incidents with Treyvon Martin and Michael Brown only serve as reminders of this. I recently sat down with two African-American pastor friends and asked them some hard questions. I wanted to know how these events, especially since it seemed as though many of the Martin/Brown type events were happening often, were making them feel. Most of all, I wanted to know how the church can play a role in bringing about racial healing. I wanted to understand my African-American pastor friends and how these events were affecting them. I have an adopted African-American son, and I certainly would never want him to be in such a situation as in Fergusson when he grows older. Rev. Jason and Rev. Lance sat down with me over a lunch-time meal. As soon as we caught up on our personal lives, I asked my first question: “What type of feelings were evoked in you as you saw the events unfolding in Fergusson?” I thought their responses would be immediate, but there was a few seconds of pause. “Anger, rage, fear,” said one of them. The other reflected on how the events just seem to happen over and over again. “Sometimes it just seems like that because you look like the statistic, you are stereotyped.” Both acknowledged a fear that has grown recently. Rev. Lance and Rev. Jason are young, African-American men. One of them commented, “I have a fear of just going out into neighborhoods to do ministry. I don’t...

Marketplace Reconciliation

Marketplace Reconciliation   Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA has the saying, “Nothing stops a bullet faster than a job.”  What he is getting at is that often having a job provides hope for a future.  The desperation that drives an individual to enter into a life of crime, drugs and gangs can only be driven out by Hope.  At The Restoration Initiative we believe that providing an environment Hope through job training and employment can both decrease the number of youth joining gangs as well as help reduce re-incarceration.   We will be providing job training to members of our community as well as collaborating with local businesses to help with placement.  In addition, we currently have two businesses in the works: Fluerish Ecoscapes and Stop 888 Cafe, that will be able to provide training and placement as well.  Fluerish Ecoscapes is an environmentally friendly lawn care and landscaping business and Stop 888 Cafe is a coffee shop and catering business.   Steady employment is an important piece of reducing poverty and violence in this city.  The task at hand is mighty, but we are thrilled to be able to be a part of what God is doing in the city of New Orleans.  If you would like to partner with us financially go to our donations web page at thericc.org.  If you are interested in volunteering with any of our Marketplace Reconciliation activities contact...

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