Wednesday, June 3|Matt's Blog

Matt’s Blog: Grow & Learn With Us

Church family,

We know that many of you are seeking ways to listen, learn and grow in this season. As a church community, we believe the gospel is good news that tears down walls and builds bridges. Our faith in Jesus leads us to intentionally build bridges across ethnic, cultural, economic, and gender barriers.

We are committed to living out the Kingdom vision that God’s family is multi-ethnic. Many of you know that we have been pursuing a comprehensive plan to this end over the past few years. While no plan is perfect, we are seeking to live out of our values in and through our leadership, Sunday worship gatherings, groups, ministry to families, community engagement, and more.

There is more work to do, and we have not arrived, but as disciples of Jesus we have and will continue to learn and work against any and all forms of racism, racial injustice and violence, in Jesus’ name. We are also calling our church family to pray for God’s mercy and grace to be poured out in our nation, city, and church family. Lord Jesus, have mercy on us all!

See below for a list of resources and ways you can grow and learn with us.

Past Messages
Kingdom Color: Rise of the Reconcilers
(with Efrem Smith)

Kingdom Color: Listen
(Panel with Joi Spencer, Dora Yiu, and Fred Lynch)

Accounts to Follow on Instagram
Steph Williams O’Brien @pastorsteph
Jo Saxton @josaxton
Be the Bridge @beabridgebuilder

Books to Read
I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown @austinchanning
Roadmap to Reconciliation by Brenda Salter McNeil
Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison @latashamorrison
The Third Option by Miles McPherson @milesmcpherson
White Awake by Daniel Hill @danielhill1336
A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

Other Ways to Support
(originally from @halassaleh)

Group Opportunities

Be the Bridge Book Study: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation
Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9pm, Beginning June 30 (7 wks), via Zoom
With racial tensions as high within the church as outside the church, it is time for Christians to become the leaders in the conversation on racial reconciliation. This power-packed guide helps readers deepen their understanding of historical factors and present realities, equipping them to participate in the ongoing dialogue and to serve as catalysts for hope and healing.
Materials Needed: A copy of the book (also available as an eBook)
RSVP to Wendie: [email protected]

Summer Video-Book Study
Mondays, July 6 – August 31, 7:30 – 9pm, via Zoom
This video-book study is a great next step in the journey of understanding the current realities of racism in order to turn towards what the Bible teaches about human dignity and equality.
RSVP to Scott: [email protected]