Boldness is not something mainline denominations are known for. We tend to tip-toe around issues, trying not to offend the diverse perspectives held by those in the pews.
But the Episcopal Church, in its most recent General Convention, determined that Racial Reconciliation was going to be the focus of the church. Some parts of the church embrace that call. Many parts of the church play lip-service with it…others still ignore it as anathema to the Christian mission (huh?).
I (Fr. Jabriel) myself was told by a Diocese that I “am a polarizing figure” because I make White folk uneasy by “always bringing up racial issues.”
In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Dr. King had to chide White Christian Clergy for their penchant for gradualism. He too made White folk uneasy by “always pushing the race issue.”
The more things change…the more they stay the same.
So, the question in my mind (that I’ve infected Fr. Cayce with) is: what must the church do to have boldness for racial reconciliation?
Well, it just so happens that I have a relationship with “America’s Reinvention Expert,” Steve Olsher. Steve hosts a weekly podcast (actually a few days per week) on reinventing oneself so you can live boldly into your calling.
No – he’s not clergy…he doesn’t work for the church. So, this episode won’t be deeply theological. Yet, he’s helped me develop Blacks with Power, and I thought he would have some helpful insights to answer this question of boldness in the church – especially as it pertains to racial reconciliation.
So, what do you think about Steve’s guidance on how the church (and churches) can embrace boldness for their commitment to racial reconciliation? What do you think you can do differently…should do differently…in your ministry to live out the Baptismal Covenant?
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