We have all been impacted in one way or another by the death of George Floyd and the subsequent civil unrest that has dominated the headlines. It is abundantly clear that as a society we are still wrestling with issues of justice, privilege and institutional racism. At Hope Covenant, we talk about being Hope for the life of the world. As we seek to embody a biblical form of hope, it is imperative that we seek to embody that hope in the arena of racial injustice. Hope Covenant is seeking to respond to the challenges facing our culture with gospel hope that is informed by four key values.
Listening. First and foremost we want to foster a community that listens to the movement of the Holy Spirit and listens for its call in these challenging conversations. Secondly we want to foster a listening orientation towards voices of color in order to illuminate needed perspectives.
Ground in Scripture. We are grounding ourselves in the words of scripture to help us understand as people of the Word the bigger call to shalom.
Humility. We are inviting a posture of humility as we lean into conversations that are hard, complex, personal and at times polarizing.
Growth. Our ultimate aim is growth both in our understanding and application of the gospel in areas of race and shalom (peace) seeking.
While we, as a staff, certainly do not have all the answers, we have worked to compile a list of resources to begin our conversations in a healthy, brave, and kind way. Our staff is committed to learning with you and taking this journey together. We are beginning a journey, as a church, to be the church in order to be Hope for the life of the world.
Let’s start here!
This is a TED Talk by Clint Smith, an author and activist working towards racial understanding.
To break it down a bit farther, we are dividing our resources between kids, youth, and adults.
Ways to talk to your kids about race:
0-3 Years old:
Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara
We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates
Sesame Street Town Hall from June 6th
A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory
Remember the Titans on Disney+
Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
March by John Lewis, novel trilogy book set
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, both the book and movie
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
When They See Us
White Awake by Daniel Hill (Our Leadership Team & Staff are walking through this book)
Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson
Available on Amazon Prime for free for the month of June!
When They See Us
Racial Righteousness and Lament Playlist (by Dominique Gilliard)
The Spirituals and the Blues Playlist (by Dave Bjorlin)