We have been blessed in a thousand and one ways by the First Presbyterian Church of Marion, IL, most especially Dan & Susie Selock and Wade Halva, and Darcie, the woman who chooses to stay married to me, has stepped in to help with framing and curriculum. We are working to establish ourselves as a 501(c)3 non-profit so that we can start accepting donations. We have seen amazing things happen at table discussions around race, class, prejudice, justice, and cultural competency. We have seen tears and anger, laughter and joy. And we have no delusions that setting one table, or one diversity training session, is enough. Like the Civil Rights movement, it should only be the start of a new relationship, a new frame of reference, a new glimpse of God's Beloved Community. In short, this work will take the rest of our lives, and the rest of human history. But we are always called to continually live into God's call for justice and peace.
(participants self-selected which questions they wanted me to ask, or they wrote a new one!)
2. What are some of the cultural, racial, ethnic, and generational differences in your community?
3. How do we love each other through these, or make space for our differences?
4. Who are modern day Samaritans, or “those people” on the “other side of the tracks?”
5. What questions would you ask someone outside of your race if you weren’t afraid of asking the question “wrong,” weren’t worried that the question itself might offend?
6. What might the difference between “Color-Blind” and “Color-Brave” be?
7. Do you think the over-criminalization of black and brown people hurts everyone in the US? If so, how?
9. Is active anti-racism a vital part of following Jesus if you consider yourself a Christian? (the original question read "being an anti-racist," but Emma (below) helped me to see the error of the thinking)
10. Is there anything you feel is often misunderstood about the culture group you stem from? Is there one thing you wish you didn't always need to explain to people? Is there one thing you wish people just understood?
11. Is there anything you’d like to share about modern race relations?
peace by peace by peace by peace by peace...........