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Author Michael Cheuk

Michael Cheuk is a leadership coach and church consultant at He is a Baptist Center for Ethics / board member, who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Educating Christians about racial justice is one of the most important tasks in the life of the white American church. It’s not good enough to be ‘not racist,’ a claim signifying neutrality. The church must be anti-racist. […] Read More

As we focus on Christian nationalism, it’s also vital to confront our Christian privilege. Like white privilege, it’s hard for Christians to see their Christian privilege. Like the air we breathe, we don’t see it or think about it. […] Read More

For churches to help undo racism, it will take more than being nice to each other and planning pulpit exchanges. It involves dismantling racial power dynamics in our systems, institutions and culture that privilege white people. […] Read More

Even if we live in integrated neighborhoods, we often live within the segregated silos of our memories and histories apart from the memories and histories of our neighbors of color. That’s why Black History Month is for all of us. […] Read More

The first anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is approaching. I want to reflect on that event and highlight what the faith communities in the Charlottesville area have been doing since then to address racism in our community. The events of Aug. 11-12 traumatized us; we are still feeling the aftermath […] Read More

A group affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan came to my town of Charlottesville, Virginia, on July 8. They came to protest the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in one of our city parks. I’m part of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective, a group of faith leaders who have been meeting to […] Read More

I was starting my own coaching and consulting business several months ago when a friend gave me a little book by Bob Burg called “The Go-Giver” that introduced me to the “Law of Value.” The Law of Value states, “Your true worth is determined by how much you give in value than you take in […] Read More

Today is the first anniversary of the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. On June 17, 2015, nine black members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, including Pastor Clementa Carlos Pinckney, were gunned down by a visitor during a Wednesday night Bible study. Like many, I was horrified. My thoughts and prayers were with the victims […] Read More

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. July 13, 2014. Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 This morning’s Gospel lesson is called the Parable of the Sower.  Since I’m basically a city boy, born in Hong Kong, grew up in Shreveport, lived in Houston and Dallas/Forth Worth area, I don’t know much about farming.  […] Read More

Invitation to Rest

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. July 6, 2014. Matthew 11:16-30 We are now in the heart of summer, and many of us are looking forward to taking our vacations.  In the United States, the average number of vacation days per year is 13 days.  In Korea and Japan, it […] Read More