March 4th, 2020 | April Karli
We recently completed a three week series exploring the theme of racial justice. Pastors Shane Blackshear and April Karli shared hopes for how Austin Mustard Seed can enter into and be challenged by this conversation.
If you missed it, you can listen back to week one, week two, and week three (with guest from Be the Bridge and Resurrection Anglican South Austin, Tanya Rodgers.)
In the coming weeks we will continue to explore this topic. We are praying about and taking action toward making Austin Mustard Seed more welcoming to people of color. One thing that has been said often about our community is that we are welcoming! We want to become aware of and remove obstacles that might prevent some from feeling as welcomed as others so many have.
In order to do that some of our Community Groups will be using the Be the Bridge curriculum this spring, we are working to diversify the music we sing on Sunday, and we’re curating prayers from more diverse sources including the Anglican Church of Kenya.
Tanya Rodgers shared several books and resources which you can find here:
Black & White: Disrupting Racism One Friendship at a Time
White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to be White
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Just Mercy: A Story of Redemption
Just Mercy (Youth Edition)
Stamped From The Beginning
How to Be an Antiracist
Disunity in Christ
The History of White People
Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation