So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.Genesis 1:27 (NRSV)
As Christians we affirm the dignity of every human being; that all are created in the image of God and all are beloved. We also acknowledge every human being is formed through daily life. These two convictions unite when we read/listen/dialogue, mark and inwardly grow in understanding. To that end, be encouraged to continue exploring resources on race and diversity to shape informed opinions.
GCORR Real Talk is a series of conversations with community and faith leaders to discuss and uncover the disparities of race, ethnicity, age, and socioeconomic status that are deeply embedded in our social fabric. They believe that amid our efforts to “flatten the curve” during COVID-19, we must also endeavor to “close the gaps” that are widening between whites and people of color, the rich and the poor, and other communities. All of which are experiencing the effects of an imbalance in access to resources, opportunity, and agency. These talks can be used for individual edification or as a jumping-off point for further discussion with an online group. They are extremely timely, speaking to this season of COVID-19 and the disparities that have always existed. (Source: BuildingFaith.com)
Explore Multiple Perspectives. The Radical Empathy podcast offered by Jubilee Ministries sets out to find the common threads that are shared between even the most distant perspectives. Recently, they produced a video bringing police officers and protestors together to spark a discussion about their perspectives and stories specifically regarding Should We Defund The Police| Middle Ground.
Followers of Christ can find themselves torn in the effort to understand multiple perspectives. Listening to others is one of the best ways we can grow in compassion and understanding.