Christ-Centered Racial Reconciliation

Christ-Centered Racial Reconciliation

Overview

Resources for Christ-Centered Racial Reconciliation

Compelled by the reconciling power of the Gospel, we are committed to be a church engaged in the ongoing work of Christ-centered racial reconciliation, which includes breaking down barriers of racial injustice that have dehumanized and divided.  We, therefore, believe it is our responsibility to equip one another with resources that help us grow in comprehensive awareness and understanding, while also moving us to action.

Although there are many excellent resources available, below is a brief listing of books, articles, movies/documentaries, studies and events that we believe will serve to prepare, equip and mobilize the people of God to engage humbly in the deep but necessary work of racial reconciliation.  It is also important to add that while we recommend these resources, we do not necessarily endorse everything presented by these authors and presenters. We encourage you to use discretion and spiritual discernment.

*This list will be updated periodically.  While this is not a comprehensive list, if you are interested in going deeper, or interested in being part of a discussion group, please contact our Local Missions Team 

Books

Talks 

Studies/Curriculum

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Family Resources 

Movies/Documentaries

Events

Video

Pastor Wes Ward Talks with Antwan McCoy About Christ-Centered Racial Reconciliation 

Local Missions Pastor Chris Shelton Speaks About Christ-Centered Racial Reconciliation and Micah 6:8 

Micah 6:8 from Westover Church on Vimeo.

 

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What to do?

Having been reconciled to God, Ambassadors of Christ have been given the ministry of reconciliation. The following suggestions are specifically focused around two key vision priorities of Westover: (1) to engage in Christ-centered racial reconciliation, and (2) to grow in diversity: ethnically, culturally, economically.

  1. Evaluate the diversity of your relational circles. How are you spending intentional, meaningful time with people of a different ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic background?  Where do you need to expand your relational circles to experience and contribute to Christ-exalting diversity?  See “Outside Your Circle” guide for help.

  2. Attend a worship service (in-person or online) with a church of a different ethnic, cultural or nationalistic background.  
    A few partner-churches we recommend:

             The Refuge of Greensboro 
             Bethany Fellowship Church
             World Victory Church

             International Worship Night: We also encourage you to attend our
             upcoming International Worship Night, December 4th @ 7pm in the
             Theater at Westover. 

  1. Take a holistic look at the city around you. Study the community. Get familiar with local history, demographics, sectors, challenges, etc.  See resources from Week 4 of our Ambassador focus.