Grace and Race Ministries, Inc. is an ecumenical ministry developed to equip and empower participants to provide leadership to help foster racial understanding, healing and reconciliation. Reconciliation requires an individual willingness to be transformed. The scripture reference for this ministry is found in 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled…
The grace of God empowers us to do great things. The “church” has the opportunity to help strengthen our communities by increasing the attention given to racial understanding, healing and reconciliation as a means to live out our Christian beliefs. Two fundamental understandings inform the ministry: (1) Race, gender and power must all be addressed in the ongoing process of moving toward racial understanding and reconciliation, (2) reconciliation is never possible without truth. The activities of the ministry will include:
• Equipping and empowering church leaders for the ministry of reconciliation
• Collaboration with denomination program staff and leaders
• Consultations, dialogues in local churches, denominational and ecumenical settings
• Train the trainer activities
• Conflict resolution
• Resource guides – utilizing what is already available
• Bibliography on Racial Reconciliation
• Speakers Bureau
Relationship will be a major connector, as it always is for visionary endeavors. There is already a lot of reconciliation work going on that must be acknowledged. There is potential for working with a seminary on program modules. Some denominations have existing justice, women ministry and anti-racism programs that may be valuable connectors.
The Grace and Race Ministries, Inc logo features the cross and the ornate purple wings of a butterfly. The image represents the transforming power of the Jesus Christ who died on the cross to offer us new life.