The Raceless Gospel is going places and by this I mean, the message is spreading. What began as a question and led to ten years of seeking answers around human identity, the sociopolitical construct of race and belonging in authentic Christian community is now my journey, my path, my way forward, my whole world. I am fully committed to making connections, building bridges and drawing maps to these visions of a “kin-dom” coming. I feel like we’re just getting started and I want to get as close to Jesus as possible
I want to step on his heels. I want my foot to brush up against his sandal. I want to nearly trip on the hem of his garment. I want to get tangled up, caught up while trying to keep up with the back of his head. Ultimately, I want to walk alongside him; I just have to get my head around it. I want my heart to burn like the early disciples’ did when he explained the scriptures to them (Luke 24.32).
Invited to become the director of The Raceless Gospel Initiative and associate editor at Good Faith Media in July, I am digging my heels in and committed to this work for the long haul. You can read my weekly ruminations on Mondays. My words will help you get out of bed. They’ll give your favorite caffeinated beverage a run for its money. I say this as a devoted seven pumps, whole milk, no water, no foam, extra hot Starbucks chai latte drinker.
I have been encouraged and strengthened by fellow pilgrims who share this desire for deep human being and belonging. Recently, I spoke with Rohadi, an author and pastor, on his podcast Faith in a Fresh Vibe about The Raceless Gospel and what the message means to me. I’ve even preached this Raceless Gospel recently, focused on baptismal identity and one of my favorite passages of scripture: Galatians 3.27-28. The message was titled “Dead in the water” and I shared it with the members of Beverley Hills Community UMC in Alexandria, Virginia. And then there was the Facebook Live with preacher and spiritual guide, Kyndall Rae Rothaus. Fifteen power packed minutes of exchange on changing the narrative with this gospel that doesn’t color the face of God in, that doesn’t suggest that Jesus came to save our skin.
And did I mention The Raceless Gospel podcast? We’re on episode 5, our fifth Sunday is with prominent speaker, activist and best- selling author, Shane Claiborne. Be sure to listen in as we discuss gun violence, the death penalty, thoughts, prayers and beating guns. We’re doing bodywork, tallying up the body count and sharing deeply about what the numbers cost us.
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