This month at Sunday worship at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church (in Atlanta) Rev Bev has been speaking on the theme of "Race, Love and Community". She has been using RACE as an acronym to discuss what needs to happen to combat racism here or anywhere.
R stands for "recognize/rejest racism". If we don't see it and recognize it how can we challenge it? A great book that faces this issue is "Waking Up White, and finding myself in the storry of Race" by Debby Irving.
A stands for accept/affirm/admire. Our goal when challenging our own racism is to see someone we have learned is "other" and not merely accept them but to move through these terms to the final one: admire.
C stands for connect/communion. This challenge asks us to step outside our comfort zones and to connect with people we once viewed as "other" as though they could be best friends or family. We can do this by inviting and receiving invitiations to home table fellowship and friendship.
E stands for Enjoy and speaks to the desire God has for God's children to enjoy relationships with one another.
Come be a part of the challenge to combat racism in our hearts, church and community!