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Reconciliation

We applaud Martin Luther King Jr.’s cause now, but that wasn’t always the case. His home was bombed, he was bullied by strangers and hounded by the FBI. And today the US still remains geographically and socially segregated. […] Read More

Calling peace ‘a great and precious value,’ Pope Francis, in his message for World Day of Peace, urged Christians to engage in peacemaking by taking a journey of hope, listening, reconciliation and ecological conversion. […] Read More

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

Cornwallis Street Baptist Church in Nova Scotia took a bold stand against injustice by severing ties with its street’s divisive name that had honored a British officer whose legacy included genocide against the Mi’kmaq Tribe. […] Read More

White Christians have played an undeniable role in the perpetuation of slavery and other structures that have kept black people in bondage. It’s time to step out of our silence that continues to perpetuate the status quo. […] Read More

African Americans die while in police custody. A culture of sexual harassment and assault runs rampant. Yet the North American church remains silent and sacrifices its prophetic witness. So society marches on without them. […] Read More

As a teenager, Carolyn McKinstry survived the bomb that went off in 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. Today, she combats racism by following her calling to reconciliation and forgiveness. […] Read More

If we fully understood race and not just racism, prejudice or stereotypes, we would not want it. We would not claim a race and would not want race to claim us. So why do we have such a difficult time leaving race behind? […] Read More

Jamaican Baptist leaders raised the topic of reparations for slavery in multiple sessions of the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance. While no vote was taken, a commission will study the issue and report next year. […] 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