THE RACE & CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
We envision Christians continuing Christ’s reconciling work by collaborating across racial lines to foster shalom between individuals, communities, and systems damaged by racism.
We equip Christians in Greater Boston to engage issues of race in ways that honor the image of God in all people.
- We help the Church engage in issues of race more respectfully and responsibly to facilitate biblical reconciliation.
- We help the Emmanuel Gospel Center better serve diverse communities and model loving and equitable relationships in the body of Christ.
In doing so, we aim to nurture and give shape to a missional community of Christians who are committed to racial reconciliation. We envision this community as a place that develops strategic relationships, offers support, and shares resources for growth and action.
At present, the initial focus of RCCI is to equip White evangelicals for the work of racial reconciliation. We recognize the role and responsibility of White people to do self-work in becoming more effective agents of biblical racial reconciliation. As staff capacity and experiences grow, we will expand the services of RCCI to directly engage Christians of other races.
Our Initial Focus: Racial Education for White Evangelicals
Racial disparities and tensions divide our communities. The Church is called to be a source of healing and peace.
However, White evangelicals often find themselves unaware of racial realities and unsure of how to engage in a Christ-like way in issues pertaining to race. When they try to reach across racial lines, even well-intentioned White evangelicals can do things that are not well received by communities of color. They can end up building, not removing, the walls between us.
Many White evangelicals have work to do to prepare themselves to engage issues of race in ways that are respectful, responsible, and empowering to communities of color. They need to develop the knowledge, skills, and posture to be engaged and effective members of a reconciled and reconciling community.
RCCI equips White evangelicals to reflect and learn within their own community so they can more effectively participate in Christ’s reconciling work (Eph. 2:11-21) across racial lines. Because each ministry is on a different journey toward biblical reconciliation based on their context and goals, we work with them to create a customized road map for learning and action. With the guidance and accountability of people of color, we provide tools, resources, and ongoing support for genuine growth:
Educate: RCCI helps ministries develop their biblical understanding and practice of racial reconciliation as part of God's work to transform individuals, communities, and social systems.
Coach: RCCI helps ministries develop strategic next steps in their journey toward biblical racial reconciliation. We provide support, resources, processes and accountability to help churches meet their race-related goals.
Convene: RCCI facilitates group conversations within and between communities that model authentic listening and dialogue for changes in heart, perspective, and action.
- Connect: RCCI nurtures relationships between leaders and ministries to create spaces for learning and collaboration.
Through these means we aim to nurture and give shape to a missional community: a community of Christians committed to working together towards racial reconciliation.
Options for Learning with Us
Inter-Ministry Cohort: As an individual, join an EGC-hosted inter-ministry cohort where you can grow with other White evangelicals and receive support to apply what you are learning in your spheres of influence. Click here for more information.
Church & Ministry Partnerships: As a group, receive services that focus on your unique ministry context and how you can move forward in community.