This is part of a presentation we did as a PhD cohort here:
Two key questions.
- What practical changes can we make in our churches and organizations?
- What practical changes can we make personally or as families?
Three Steps: Awareness, Action (personal and organizational), and Accountability (Assessment)
- Watch for ethnic injustice everywhere and educate yourself about it.
- Assume that you are part of the problem
- Learn everything you can about history and culture from a perspective other than your own.
- Learn the dynamics of social identity
- How systems preserve power and privilege
- How systems exclude or marginalize others
- Beware of “us-them” thinking and speech
- Put yourselves in the position of the other group
- Churches should teach about ethnicity and justice
- Make ethnic peace, justice and reconciliation a priority
- Be intentional and proactive (reach out)
- Actively give up comfort, power & privilege
- Be incarnational/relational
- Seek out people from other groups and develop deep relationships with them
- Speak out on their behalf among your own
- Team up with others
- Focus on systems (Good individuals will fail in bad systems)
- Strategically organize
- Study and analyze institutions
- Make short range, mid-range & long-range goals
- Work towards making systems more equitable
- Celebrate and encourage diversity
Assessment & Accountability
- Be intentional about forming relationships with those who are not like you
- Keeps us honest & helps us avoid blind-spots
- Helps us effect real change rather than things that simply make us feel better about ourselves
- Focus first on listening and learning
- Requires self-sacrifice, humility, flexibility and sustained effort
- Create a safe environment where criticism and suggestions are warmly welcomed and appreciated
- Make your goals for change measurable and verifiable.