Missions » Racial Reconciliation

 

 

An Invitation to Continue the Journey

  

 

 

Ministry Team Members:

 

Nathan Parrish, co-chair
 

Gyasi Patterson, co-chair
 

Terry Henderson, recorder
 

Rich Goodier
 

Todd Higginson
 

Randy McKinney

Lisa Lee Rust
 

Olivia Wakefield
 

Linda Jones, CBFNC staff

 

 

If you are interested in more information concerning the Racial Reconciliation Ministry Team's work or if you feel led to serve with the Ministry Team, email Linda Jones, at ljones@cbfnc.org..

 

 

 

 

 

  
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Download the brochure.

Video recordings from "Racial Reconciliation and the Body of Christ" workshop September 21, 2012, at Unity Christian Church International in Fayetteville, NC

Racial Reconciliation workshop (pt 1)
with Rodney Sadler, Jr.

Racial Reconciliation workshop (pt 2)
with Rodney Sadler, Jr.

Racial Reconciliation workshop
with Rodney Sadler, Jr. - Racialism and Genetic Diversity

Racial Reconciliation workshop
with Rodney Sadler, Jr. - Whiteness vs Blackness

Racial Reconciliation workshop
with Rodney Sadler, Jr. - Image of Jesus (pt 1)

Racial Reconciliation workshop
with Rodney Sadler, Jr. - Image of Jesus (pt 2)

Audio recordings from "Reconciliation: The Beloved Community" -- 2012 Fellowship on the Move on November 4, 2012, at Peace Haven Baptist Church in Winston-Salem

Village Parenting with Rev. Maria Skinner

Sharing the Abundance Sustaining our Future with John Carroll and Chef N'gai Dickerson

Adopt a School, Invest in our Future with  Rev. Prince Rivers

Audio recordings from 2011 Fellowship of the Move on November 6, 2011, at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville

Invisible Neighbors: If You Don’t See Them, You’re Not Looking
LaCount and Anna Anderson, CBF Field Personnel in Roanoke Rapids; and Sue Byrd, Executive Director, Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch, Inc.

Immigration, Faith, & Law
Javier Benitez, CBFNC Hispanic Ministry Leader Coach, and Mark Atkinson, Immigration Attorney

Click here to view the article from the Biblical Recorder
about CBFNC's Racial Reconciliation workshop.

Recommended Resources

Bible Study

Click here to download an audio recording from "Racial Reconciliation and the Future of the Church" Panel Discussion from the New Baptist Covenant II held November 19, 2011.

Gardner-Webb Divinity School Hosts Conversation about Racial Reconciliation

"Cast a Wider Net" by Terry D. Henderson

  
 
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The Earliest Conversations

In the 2007-08 Strategic Plan for the CBF of NC, diversity was identified as an initiative shaping future ministries. To address this need, the 2007 CBF of NC General Assembly approved the formation of a Diversity Task Force, for the purpose of making recommendations for increasing the diversity of our Fellowship.

As of July 2007, the Diversity Task Force began working toward this end. Ethnic diversity quickly rose to the top of our exchanges and the task force discerned racial reconciliation, particularly between African American and Anglo Christians and churches, needed to be the focus of our work. To that end, the task force was renamed the Racial Reconciliation Ministry Team.


Past Conversations:

During the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 General Assemblies, the Racial Reconciliation Ministry Team sponsored workshops on white privelege, diversity and the Body of Christ. They also sponsored two day-long workshops in Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Charlotte, Wilmington, Asheville, and Fayetteville that were well attended by pastors and lay-leaders, stimulating dialogue on how best to build community between African American, Hispanic and Caucasian congregations.

Current Conversations

We believe there is a difference between increasing the racial diversity of the Fellowship and building community with Christians from other racial groups.

Increasing the racial diversity of the Fellowship could be achieved by recruiting churches of different racial backgrounds. However, in order to build authentic relationships of trust that lead to reconciliation within the body of Christ, we must understand that which led us to be segregated, recognize what it means to be segregated, and discover why it is important that we engage one another.

Therefore, education, conversation, and relationships are the foundation for any meaningful future in regards to increasing the Fellowship's racial diversity.

Beginning the Conversation

~ Pray for the Spirit's leadership and directions and discern what you and your congregation are called to do concerning reconciliation.

~ Actively seek opportunities to form authentic relationships with the leadership of congregations that differ from your own.

~ Become well-read in the area of racial reconciliation (Find recommended resources here).

~ Find opportunities to incorporate these resources into congregational dialogue through book discussion groups or special studies.

~ Explore and investigate the racial history of your congregation and community. What are the stories that have shaped the way your church and community looks?

~ Be patient with your congregation—true reconciliation and relationship building takes time.

 

Reports on Diversity Initiatives

Church Fire Leads to Relationship

Randy McKinney, Pastor, The Memorial

Shock and disbelief. These words describe my state of mind as I watched flames run the roof line of the sanctuary of The Memorial Baptist Church, Greenville, NC, during the later hours of Saturday, January 13, 2007. As I arrived on the property early Sunday morning, smoke continued to penetrate my nostrils. My feet cut a path through a parking lot littered with wet debris. My eyes focused on the yellow caution tape surrounding a shell of a building and a flame ravaged steeple. Certainly, it could have been much worse. However, soaking in what would later be determined as 3 million dollars worth of damage at the hands of an arsonist is overwhelming. It was not what I expected during my first year as pastor.


Later that Sunday morning, the congregation gathered near the picnic shelter on the back of the property. Numbness characterized our assembly as we read Scripture, offered prayers, and lifted our voices in song. As we were ending our time together, I began to notice some unfamiliar faces. People were joining us in our time of crisis. Not only did they come by our side, they embraced us, cried with us, prayed with us, and encouraged us. I soon discovered that a congregation from our city had ended their time of worship in order to join us in our time of need. The scene that unfolded broke the numbness that imprisoned our minds. As tears began to flow down my face, Pastor Sidney Locks wrapped his arms around me and spoke words that reached deep inside my soul. Through the love of these sisters and brothers in Christ from Cornerstone Baptist Church, we became keenly aware of the presence of God.


Later that afternoon, The Memorial Baptist Church assembled for a time of worship in a local house of worship. During the sermon, a truth needed to be proclaimed: "Had the shoes been on the other feet, we would not have done what Cornerstone Baptist Church had done for us that morning." You see, Cornerstone is a predominately black congregation and The Memorial is predominately white. Sometimes the truth hurts. However, sometimes a declaration of the truth can begin a journey of healing and reconciliation.


During our time of displacement, Cornerstone graciously allowed us to utilize their facilities on two Sundays. Likewise, I have preached for Cornerstone and Pastor Locks has preached for The Memorial. However, the greatest part of this journey for me has been building a friendship with Sidney. We both agree that God has brought us together for a purpose. We have discerned that the purpose includes bridging the racial divide that exists in our community. In the near future, we hope to begin exploring this purpose with people from our two congregations. In the meantime, we are intentionally building our relationship. The truth of Joseph's statement to his brothers is becoming our reality: "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish now what is being done" Genesis 50:20 (NIV).

Randy McKinney serves on the CBFNC Racial Reconciliation Ministry Team. The Ministry Team invites you to share your stories of relationship building across the racial divide. Send them to Linda Jones.

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