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Going Through the Storm

Going Through the Storm  
Rasool Berry  
John 6:17-21, Matthew 14:24-31  

Jesus takes us through the storms, reveals himself in it, and brings us to the other side.  

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The Gospel & Race Workshop Series - Part 3

"Recovering from the Trauma of Racism"

Dr. Sarita Lyons is a women’s Bible teacher, speaker, and Christ-centered psychotherapist. In this session, Dr. Lyons explains the history of mental health and racism, as well as provides a framework for us to process everything that's happened in recent months.

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The Gospel & Race Workshop Series - Part 2

"God, The Church & Racism/Anti-Racism"

Ekemini Uwan is a public theologian and co-host of Truth’s Table Podcast. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) in Philadelphia, PA. In this lecture, she provides a theological framework for us to understand God and us as it pertains to race and racism. Further, she gives practical insights into how we got here as well as things to consider to move forward.

Additionally, you can find some notes from the lecture here: https://bit.ly/2BD7d63

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The Gospel & Race Workshop Series - Part 1

"The Backstory to Racism in America"

Dr. Angela M. Simms -- active participant of the Renaissance Church community and Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at Barnard College-Columbia University -- helps us examine the social construction of race and ethnicity in the U.S. from the colonial period to the present. Her lecture analyzes how capitalist interests, class differences, gender, immigration, and who “deserves” the full rights and privileges of citizenship, shape boundaries between and within racial and ethnic groups, and ultimately the racial hierarchy underpinning White domination. We will also consider how racism affects inequities between racial and ethnic groups in education, criminal justice, media, and other domains.

Attendees at this session were asked to read the following materials:

1. Dorothy Roberts, "Chapter 1: The Invention of Race," in Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-first Century (2011)

2. Matthew Desmond, "In Order to Understand the Brutality of American Capitalism, You Have to Start on the Plantation," in "The 1619 Project," The New York Times (2019) ("The 1619 Project is also available as a podcast):
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/slavery-capitalism.html

3. Interview of Khalil Gibran Muhammad: Anna North, "How Racist Policing Took Over American Cities, Explained by a Historian," Vox (2020)
https://www.vox.com/2020/6/6/21280643/police-brutality-violence-protests-racism-khalil-muhammad

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In Pursuit of Justice: The importance of Prayer  

Jordan Rice 

Matthew 6:9-13 

Jesus gives us a prayer that will sustain, guide, correct, comfort, center, encourage, and focus us. 

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The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd 

Jessica Rice 

John 10:11-18 

Jesus is the good shepherd, and in addition to Jesus being devoted to me, that means I should be dependent on Him.  

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The Silent Killer 

6/28/20 

Jordan Rice 

Luke 18:9-14 

Pride is the carbon monoxide of sin—it silently and slowly kills you without you even knowing.  

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The Road to Justice: What Change Requires 

Jordan Rice 

Luke 13:18-21  

Growth and change rarely happen at the pace that we want. In this message, we look to a parable from Jesus that will give us patience, endurance, and grace as we pursue to be a people of Justice.  

Take the step of "going inward," and examine how racist thoughts and attitudes were nurtured in you. Follow the instructions here.  

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How to "do justice" 

Jordan Rice 

Isaiah 58:1-7, 1 Cor 12:12-26 

What should I do right now? There are several things we can all do to pursue racial justice. In this message, we dig into a few concrete steps we all need to consider.  

Take the step of "going inward," and examine how racist thoughts and attitudes were nurtured in you. Follow the instructions here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BEiELKBU_JFXsO3dUaCeGhSi4H6uyyuY7zi5hjB0TEQ/edit?usp=sharing  

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Finding the Endurance to Continue 

Jordan Rice 

Hebrews 12:1-3 

Endurance is the difference between persistence through adversity and misery in adversity. Now, more than ever, we need endurance. 

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