Turbans, Religious Diversity and the Promise of America

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 22:40 | Category : Cultural Diversity, Religious Tolerance
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Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune, who serves as vice president for Grace and Race Ministries, Inc., represented the ministry at a press conference on Jan. 26, 2015 at the National Press Club for the launch of a public awareness campaign about Sikhism. Sikhs have lived in America for hundreds of years but a majority of Americans do not […]

Getting Past our Differences

Saturday, 26 March 2011, 18:00 | Category : Cultural Diversity, Reconciliation Reflections
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John 4: 1-45 Jesus and a Samaritan Woman This story found in the book of John, Chapter 4 stands as a model of Christian behavior for those of us who follow the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus engages a Samaritan woman as she goes about her routine of drawing water from […]

Race Has Divided Us

The words found in I Corinthians 1.10-18 record an account of division among the Christians at Corinth. Much like the quarrels among them where each of them says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ,” today many Christians say or their lives speak […]

Race is Not God’s Gift to the World

Monday, 20 December 2010, 9:00 | Category : Cultural Diversity, Reconciliation Reflections
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By Rev. Starlette McNeill

Matthew 1.18-25 shares with its readers the birth narrative of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In these few verses, one can find conflict, suspense, romance, and even a divine visitation. What began as a cause for concern became a source of celebration. The birth of Jesus Christ, his entry into the world remains the most celebrated of any historical figure or present celebrity. And as we rejoice over this gift to the world, I would ask that we consider the impact of the arrival of race in our lives.

Despite the social shroud of mystery that surrounds race, our inability to grasp the totality of its meaning and to satisfactorily explain its presence in the world, race was not a miraculous conception but a human invention. The birth of race in American society did not satisfy a prophetic declaration or fulfill the divine will of God for humanity. It was not begotten or the result of God’s love for the world. Many have attempted to trace its lineage, comparatively analyzing cultures as it relates to the size and shape of the cranium, the weight of the brain, one’s facial angle, the structure of hair, social customs, and even the possession of body lice but none have proven to be innate cues to race or a determinant of racial character. Unlike Jesus, race cannot be traced back to tribes or societies but the trail of its origin leads back to our tongues. Its lineage is found in our language, the words that we have used over time to describe persons who challenge our concept of the image of God in humanity. We are its parents, a polygamous origin.

Race is with us but it is not for us. Its entry into the world was neither a sign nor a wonder. Consequently, it is not a cause for understanding and it should not be visited with amazement. Race did not enter the world as a gift, evident in the motivation of the benefactor.

Teachable Moments – Timely dialogue about issues of race in America

Sunday, 17 October 2010, 19:12 | Category : Cultural Diversity, Seminars
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This will be a seven week seminar and dialogue about issues of race in America. The goal is to increase our knowledge about race and to build bridges of understanding and acceptance between people of diverse backgrounds. Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell – lead facilitator. bgirtonm@graceandrace.org  (202) 841-1162 Friday, October 22 – Dec 11, 2010 Doors open […]