“White privilege is your history being taught as a core class and mine being taught as an elective,” wrote a tumblr user in February of 2014. This claim illustrates how education sins in its ignorance. Latin American liberation theologians taught that sin consists not only of personal misdeeds—it is also embedded in social structures that promote harm and inequity.
This temptation will always remain when we are willing to blindly benefit from and represent a system that is working well for us, without the concrete concern for others that are silenced or stigmatized by that very same system. In the name of making a difference, we can actually begin to help the system be sophisticated in its ability to point to its “change makers” (even though they are merely exceptions to the rule) as evidence of its commitment to anti-oppression.
Every year, Unco is a good gauge to find out what’s exciting and difficult about being an innovative church leader. Here are ten things that I gleaned from our recent gathering.
The nation's changing racial and ethnic profile will bring political change. But we can also expect it to elicit fear and resistance.
Wild Goose was a weekend of fun and free spirits, as amateur musicians circled up to play, local beer flowed, Frisbees soared and people lingered around campfires. It was also punctuated by moments of intense reflection.
The key to building a congregation of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds is to appeal to them in ways that trump their differences.