Together, let us confess, let us lament, and let us learn so that we might more fully live into Christ's commandment to love God and to love our neighbor as Christ loves us.
As a predominantly white community, we have more to do as anti-racist community of faith. We have more bias to unearth. We have more fear to quell, more false anxiety to quiet, more uncomfortable conversations to have with white siblings about what we can do to eliminate white supremacy. And, friends, this is our work as white people to do – it is not the responsibility of people of color to educate us about our bias, about our racism. While we need to read authors of color, listen to the perspectives of people of color, it’s not the responsibility of people of color to tell us how not to be racist. We need to root that out ourselves – understanding what it means for us to confess our complicity. We need to reject white cultural norms that value civility and niceness over speaking out about racially biased thoughts and actions when we see them expressed by white people we know and love. And we need to live with humility, being open to others calling us out on our own expressions of white privilege and racism. Jesus engaged with the world, not by being nice, but with radical love and truth telling to bring people ever closer to the kingdom of God. And, the other Advocate that accompanies us, it is the Holy Spirit – a fire that transcends place and placidness.