Racial Justice

Highlands Church absolutely and unequivocally denounces racialized violence countless black and brown men and women have suffered over the history of our country. The loss of life is cause for deep lament, and we as a faith community stand in solidarity with those who have lost loved ones, with those who are seeking justice, and with those who are advocating for drastic and overdue change. This is consistent with the God revealed in our holy text, who in both the Jewish and New Testament scriptures disrupted established institutions for the sake of justice.

Our starting point in the story of God is that all humans were created in love and for love. There is no hierarchy of value for a human life. But when dehumanization occurs, especially in the form of violence, we must turn again to Christ, who taught us that what we do to the most vulnerable, we have also done unto him. And we must ask for guidance from the Spirit as we critically examine ourselves, our institutions, our beliefs, and our practices which retain and perpetuate expressions of violence against non-white bodies.

For more than ten years, Highlands Church has sought to answer the call to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God. We will continue to take care of those who are harmed by unjust systems. We will insist on fairness for all people. We will remain loyal to those who have no voice. We will oppose authority when those in charge abuse their power. We will hold sacred the bodies of black and brown people. We will work for justice until there is true liberty for all.

This is an essential part of our work as followers of the One who came and suffered in solidarity with the oppressed and marginalized, and who gave as the most important of all the commands: to love God, love our neighbors, and love ourselves.


Continue in the conversation for racial justice with fellow Highlanders! Learning is a critical part of being the change we want to see in the world. While it is not “the work” of racial justice, learning is an important we we prepare for the work, and informs the ways in which we show up for it. We will have offer a variety of book, movie, and music discussions throughout the fall. Click here to see the first round of options!


We are called to live out our faith in acts of justice, kindness, and humility. If you would like to get involved as a community in advocating for racial justice, please fill out this form:

Organizing for Racial Justice

Articles

“Why White Privilege Isn’t Going Away: A Theological Reflection” by Mark Boswell
http://justiceunbound.org/carousel/why-white-privilege-isnt-going-away/

“Can Racially Diverse Churches Exist?” by Cole Brown
http://gcdiscipleship.com/2013/04/10/can-racially-diverse-churches-exist/

“When The Parents are White, The Child is Black, and The Churches are Segregated” by Leah Donnella
https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/09/28/553740407/when-the-parents-are-white-the-child-is-black-and-the-churches-are-segregated

“Colorblind Doesn’t Cut It. Be Brave and Talk to Your Kids About Race” by Patricia Murphy & Katherine Banwell
http://kuow.org/post/colorblind-doesnt-cut-it-be-brave-and-talk-your-kids-about-race

“Developing an Awareness of White Privilege” by Diane S. Schmitz
https://reflectionsnarrativesofprofessionalhelping.org/index.php/Reflections/article/view/785

“What I Said When My White Friend Asked for My Black Opinion on White Privilege” by Lori Lakin Hutcherson
https://onbeing.org/blog/what-i-said-when-my-white-friend-asked-for-my-black-opinion-on-white-privilege/

“70+ Race Resources for White People” by Leslie Verner
http://www.scrapingraisins.com/2016/07/70-race-resources-for-white-people/


Videos/Movies/Documentaries

We Need to Talk About An Injustice: TED Talk by Bryan Stevenson
https://www.ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice

13th: From Slave to Criminal With One Amendment: A Netflix Film
https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741

Breaking Racial Barriers: ARC Conference by Miles McPherson
https://media.arcchurches.com/2018/04/22/main-session-miles-mcpherson-breaking-racial-barriers-carl-lentz/


Books

Dream With Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win by John Perkins

We Need To Talk: Conversations That Matter by Celeste Headlee

Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World by Sarah Quezada

Check out the Highlands Library Amazon Wishlist for more resources and to donate to our lending library:
http://a.co/h4Y4cHG


Podcasts

Uncivil by Gimlet Media
https://www.gimletmedia.com/uncivil

More Perfect by RadioLab
https://www.npr.org/podcasts/481105292/more-perfect

Bias: A Black & White Conversation Between Friends by Smartest Person in the Room
http://www.smartestpersonintheroom.com/bias1/

We Shall Overcome by Arc Stories
http://www.arcstories.com/listen-podcast/2018/2/28/episode-77-we-shall-overcome


Groups

Be the Bridge on Facebook (A community that requires 3 months of silence and learning before participation)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BetheBridge/