Episode 511: Racial Justice and Unity in the Church

In Episode 511 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss racial justice issues and unity in the church.

“I’ve noticed that church doesn’t often live out the importance of reconciliation with each other, so no wonder the culture around us doesn’t. How do we start new churches that become an answer to the John 17 prayer around unity?”

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • Why it is important to build relationships with all people
  • What are the first four steps to take right now

 Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “What I don’t think looks like John 17 is every time there is a national crisis that we try to make new black friends to try to articulate our commitment to racial justice.” – @edstetzer
  • “To build those relationships is good every day, but don’t just call up your black friend when you have a crisis, be in a mutual learning community and in doing so, the end result will be looking like John 17 year round.” – @edstetzer
  • “It goes beyond tokenism. It goes to the sense of what does my approach to life long learning look like as it relates to reconciliation?” – @danielsangi
  • “Ultimately, listening is key.” – @edstetzer
  • “Listening and lamenting with African Americans is a good first step for a lot of Anglo pastors to do.” – @edstetzer
  • “Non-response is not a response. You can’t just sit by and let this go.” – @danielsangi
  • “How do we continue to be in a posture of lifelong learning about this rather than just letting the news dictate what we learn or don’t learn?” – @danielsangi
  • “Listen, lament, and learn are three good steps to take now. A fourth is lean in on some of the justice issues.” – @edstetzer

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Published July 23, 2020

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