We started a series called “Sacred/Secular” this past weekend. We seem to have created a culture in our world where there are just some things you don’t talk about in church. There are aspects of our life that our faith doesn’t touch. The Minor Prophets would have had a huge problem with this thinking. For them all of life and faith were connected. Proper worship of God was wrapped up in proper relationships and practices in community. We’re gonna explore that idea throughout this series.
We started this past weekend by taking a look at a small-town farmer named Amos and his call to Justice – you can listen to the message here (if you missed it, please take the time to listen, it’s a big conversation for our church). We were challenged to see the injustice in our midst and recognize the role we play in it.
As we continue to explore this subject as a community we wanted to share some resources for those interested in exploring more:
Community Groups are currently going through 2 different curriculums to help facilitate conversations around these topics find one to join the conversation:
- IJM God of Justice
By Nikki A. Toyama-Szeto and Abraham George
A twelve-session, discussion-based curriculum from IJM that explores the biblical narrative of justice throughout the whole of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. Through the participatory study of Scripture, Christians will explore God’s call to engage in bringing about justice on earth.
- Multiethnic Conversations: An Eight-Week Journey toward Unity in Your Church
By Mark DeYmaz and Oneya Fennell Okuwobi
A eight-week guide structured around daily readings and thought-provoking questions, this attractive and accessible workbook is a Christ-centered, biblically accurate guide that facilitates authentic personal exploration and small groupdiscussion of race, class, and culture
Theology Crawl this summer will go through the months of July and August and will cover discussions around issues of race, environment, immigration, women’s rights and more. Join us for any or all of the conversations this summer!
- Prophetic Imagination By Walter Brueggemann (understanding the Prophetic call of scripture)
- The Prophets by Abraham Heschel (understanding the role of the prophet)
- Mañana By Justo Gonzalez (Theology in regards to Justice from a Hispanic Perspective)
- Just Mercy By Bryan Stevenson (A conversation around law enforcement, the prison system, judicial system and Justice)
- The New Jim Crow By Michelle Alexander (A conversation around the prison system in America)
- The Cross and the Lynching Tree By James Cone (A conversation around faith, racism, abuse and reconciliation)
- Disruptive Christian Ethics By Traci West (A conversation around racism and sexual abuse committed against women)
- Toxic Charity By Robert Lupton (A conversation around serving and loving the marginalized in ways that help rather than continue the cycle)
- Faithful Presence By David Fitch (Ways we can work towards the Kingdom by being present in others lives)
- Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life by Robert Lupton (The title gives it away) 😉
- Not my Life – Documentary taking an in depth look at the fact that most victims of slavery and trafficking are children
- At the End of Slavery: The Battle for Justice in Our Time – 30 min documentary exploring slavery in our day
- 13th – A netflix documentary exploring race, justice and mass incarceration in America
There are obviously thousands more suggestions that could be made. Some of these resources will be refreshing and life giving, other resources may be frustrating and hard to swallow. As a community we want to walk through tough and frustrating conversations together. Committing together to have the tough conversations and consistently cling to Jesus and his movement of Justice and Shalom in the world.