Sherwood Oaks Christian Church embraces the posture of Jesus and humbly come alongside those affected by racism while doing our part to facilitate a non-violent and constructive end to racism, which has no place in the Kingdom of God or His people.
Racial Reconciliation Workshop II
Join us for Race & Reconciliation Workshop II to learn more about Gods call for each Disciple of Jesus to be Ambassadors of Reconciliation. The workshop will feature a panel discussion and plenty of discussion time. It will be a launching pad for optional 10-week We Are Threaded discovery groups.
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As a church, we want to help facilitate the discussion of how all of us can be and do better, which must begin with listening and learning before speaking and teaching. If you want to join us, one place to start is by going to www.wearethreaded.org.
The Race and Reconciliation Task Force
Given our commitment to Biblical justice, specifically in regards to racial issues, a group of Sherwood Oaks members formed this past summer as divisive sentiments on racial matters began to find their way into the American church. This team is made up of congregants, staff and elders, a diverse group of men and women with different backgrounds, professions and experiences. They are prayerfully exploring how Sherwood Oaks will be faithful in God’s call for His church to be “…the light of the world. A city on the hill… (Matt. 5:14)” in matters of racial reconciliation.
Purpose: The purpose of the Racial Reconciliation Task Force is to set the course for awareness, education and community initiatives through which the Sherwood Oaks family will become more effective at loving our neighbors, identifying and rejecting racial bias and systemic racism, and creating space for conversations that will help us to take Jesus’ posture on racism and racial reconciliation.
Biblical Perspective: Conversations on racism will be based on biblical teachings but may also incorporate current cultural discourse on race as a reference for discussion.
September 2020 Update
The Task Force is working on plans for the next workshop to take place in November. The task force will also offer opportunities to the Sherwood Oaks family to explore our cultural identities and strategies to accept and appreciate all individuals and ‘ethnos’ as created in God’s image. This will take some work, looking at our individual and corporate pasts to identifying attitudes that foster prejudice, discrimination, or inequality among us.
We have selected resources provided through Threaded Organization as they are most compatible with Sherwood Oaks congregational needs.
The November Reconciliation Workshop will set the stage for 10 week group investigations of the Threaded group discovery guides. To get a head start you can read Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Bryan Loritts, John Perkins, Crawford W. Loritts, Jr. and others)
Other Recommended Resources:
- White Awake: An Honest Look at what it Means to be White (Daniel Hill & Brenda Salter McNeil)
- Rediscipling the White Church: From Cheap Diversity to True Solidarity (David W Swanson & Brenda Salter McNeil)
- The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism (Jemar Tisby)
- Race in America Part One (Phil Visher & Holy Post Videos)
- Race in America Part Two (Phil Visher & Holy Post Videos)
- Oneness Embraced (Tony Evans). Available via RightNowMedia
- Bible Project: Justice
For additional resources, go to wearethreaded.org/resources