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We are increasingly convicted that, for white Christians in America today, an inescapable implication of believing the gospel is to actively repent of and resist the systemic racism that has plagued our country for 400 years. Part of that is doing the hard work of living out in real, concrete actions our core belief that all human beings are created in the image of God. In terms of repentance, another part of this ongoing work is to unlearn what we thought we understood about the history of racism and the way it works today.
What we can truly “do” is commit to the lifelong work of racial justice and healing, starting with our own hearts and minds. West Seattle Christian Church is committed to racial justice and to growth as life-long anti-racist and reconciling people. We see this commitment at the core of being followers of Jesus and core to our mission to truly love our community in his name.
We invite everyone in our community to pray about their next step in their own commitment to intercultural competency and humility. We deeply encourage you to make a life-long commitment to always be looking fo next steps in this area. To help you in that discernment, here is a resource and action step list:
*These resources share many different perspectives – it is normal to wrestle and wonder if you are aligned with these perspectives. However, we encourage you to approach with curiosity and a goal to expand as a person, not merely find the right or perfect perspective.