Sociological: 1. How are you navigating the dynamics of everything that is happening politically and socially in our country in your emotions and your spiritual life? 2. What is the Black Lives Matter movement? Alt-Right Movement?#MEtoo movement? Gun violence conversation? 3. What do you think about Athletes taking a knee? 4. How do we have conversations about race and injustice when there is no one to converse with on the other side of the spectrum? 5. What is racism? What is systemic injustice? Will it ever end? 6. Can you Identify an example of institutional racism or discrimination. 7. Name 3 stereotypes of blacks/minority culture, 3 stereotypes of whites/majority culture, 3 stereotypes of police officers. 8. Is the U.S. Government inherently evil? 9. How should a person address others within their ethnic or social groups about actions and opinions that feed into or promote negative stereotypes? 10.Ask one white person at your table to briefly share a potentially racist or discriminatory personal experience from their past or present. Ask one minority(person of color) at your table to briefly share a potentially racist personal experience or perspective from their past or present. 11. What is your understanding ANd/Or belief about “white privilege”? Is it real? Is the term “white privilege” a helpful term? 12. Can a minority be racist?
Theological: 1. What are the “white elephants” in the room that we need to acknowledge as God's people? 2. Does the Bible say anything about injustice and how we address it as the people of God? If so, where? 3. How does the Gospel specifically address historic wounds, the healing of ethnic divides, and systemic injustice? 4. Does God see color? If so, in what way? 5. Jesus said in Matthew 24 that racial conflicts would escalate in the last days, but that they were a birth-pain. do racial/political conflicts relate to Gods glorious plan of global redemption? 6. As believers, how do we walk in the unity of the spirit and the bond of peace? 7. Conversations about race and race issues are very personal and very emotional. Because we are affected in such a deep place we are vulnerable to deceptive ideas that align with our soul but might be contrary to the Word and the Spirit. What are some of the deceptive messages that are leading people down unfruitful paths? 8. Passivity has bedevilled the Church for centuries under the guise of "peace". How is a call to live as "peacemakers" distinct from a call to passivity? 9. How well is the Church currently addressing ethnic conflict and systemic injustice? 10. How should Christians deal with anger, fear, or frustration in relation to police-civilian interactions and ethnicity fueled conflicts? 11. When experiencing negative encounters with someone from a different ethnicity or cultural background, how do we remain unoffended? 12.Read 2 Corinthians 5. Suggest one thing Christians can implement in their communities to manifest the ministry of reconciliation ?
Inequity demands a Civil Rights movement, but Iniquity demands a Civil Righteousness Movement. We seek to help the Body of Christ manifest the ministry of reconciliation by effectively engaging the Gospel of the Kingdom amidst a protest culture.