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Following God’s call to become an inclusive church, the Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation (ARPR) Ministry in Arizona dares to live into the scriptural vision of humanity fully reconciled with each other and creation. We are committed to recognizing the sin of racism, dismantling its oppressive structures, and breaking down the walls that divide us. This ministry is accomplished through education, dialogue, and action towards God’s vision of a Kin-dom where all races, genders, languages, and cultures will grow towards God’s realm, where all have a place at the table and ‘none shall be turned away.’
The Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciling Team provides Anti-Racism Introductory Workshops for Disciples congregations and ministries in Arizona. The purpose of the training is to raise awareness of the systemic nature of racism, to recognize racism as sin, and to connect the work of ending racism as an intrinsic part of our faith journeys.
If you are interested in hosting an Anti-Racism training for your ministry or congregation, please contact the Regional Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name of your congregation and the number of attendees you would anticipate.
The Pro-Reconciliation and Anti-Racism Initiative (Reconciliation Ministry) was founded upon the need to make visible God’s beloved community. It invites the church to listen to once silenced voices, learn from their wisdom and gain insight from their leadership. It calls the church to discern, pray, study, reflect, dialogue and fellowship. The true goal is to transform, strengthen and deepen the church’s spirituality, resulting in a community that understands its mission to be about bringing justice and salvation to the world.
Reconciliation Ministry Special Offering
The Reconciliation Ministry Special Offering is received each year in congregations on the last Sunday in September and the first Sunday in October (in solidarity with World Communion Sunday). You can read more about Reconciliation Ministry, the special offering, or make a gift at reconciliationministry.org.
Reconciliation Ministry Resources
Reconciliation Ministry offers a wide range of resources including books, articles, videos/movies, podcasts, and more. View them at disciples.org.
In the summer of 2020, Reconciliation Ministry and the Office of the General Minister and President offered a special eight part anti-racism town hall with voices from across our denomination. View the town halls at disciples.org.
Pre-Post Racial America by Sandhya Jha (2015) Sandhya Rani Jha addresses the hot topic in a way that is grounded in real people’s stories and that offers solid biblical grounding for thinking about race relations in America, reminding us that God calls us to build Beloved Community. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter provide starting points for reading groups.
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (2010) The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015) Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (2015) The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.
Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli (2017) Structured around the forty questions volunteer worker Valeria Luiselli translates from a court system form and asks undocumented Latin American children facing deportation, Tell Me How It Ends humanizes these young migrants and highlights the contradiction between the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants and the reality of racism and fear—here and back home.
Greetings to all in the Love of Jesus Christ: I’m tempted to write about all the good things I experience as I travel around Arizona – Foothills CC celebrating with Pastor Bekah Krevens who just gave birth to her third daughter; our new preaching cohort who met for the first time this past Saturday to […]
Greetings to all in the Love of Jesus Christ: This past week, I was blessed to observe Palm Sunday at FCC in Scottsdale. I continued my long-standing tradition of leading a palm processional while playing the bagpipes. We remembered Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, an entry filled with hope and expectation, expressed by the crowds shouting […]
May 27, 2020 Greetings to all in the Love of Jesus Christ: The Coronavirus continues to dominate the national news, and we grieve as it has now struck some of our Arizona congregations. We ask for your prayers for the Arizona Disciples leaders and members who have tested positive for COVID-19. We also ask for […]