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Setting Off a Stink Bomb in a Room

Posted by Colby Kinser on

If you want to put a tense charge into a group conversation, just say the word "white privilege." It is an incendiary phrase, no matter how you understand it. It's fun - give it a try in a group where there are different views present. And bring popcorn.On one extreme end of the spectrum is the...

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Tags: race, privilege, white privilege

Pastor Luther on Racial Reconciliation

Posted by Colby Kinser on

This morning, Jon R and I attended a webinar put on by our district (the Midwest district of the EFCA) on racial reconciliation. The speaker was Pastor Luther Eatman of Bridge of Hope Church in the urban core of KCK. Most of you know Pastor Luther. The content was rich and too much to include...

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Tags: gospel, justice, race, racism

The Tyranny of Titles

Posted by Colby Kinser on

"Black Lives Matter." Boom - I just created some sort of response in you, perhaps even a strong one. And not the same response in each of you. I understand the reasoning behind the variety of responses. I can create the same range of responses with the phrase "white privilege." How thin is the...

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Tags: gospel, justice, race, racism

Going Underground

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last Saturday night was the first of four monthly discussion groups for the "Go Underground" project. The idea is simple: gather two or more churches with very different racial demographics to simply discuss various issues related to race, race relations, racial wounds, and so on. We joined with...

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Tags: fear, go, race, racism, underground

Go Underground

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I'm very excited about the "Go Underground" project coming up in February, and I would love to see you sign up! After our years in LA, in the Deep South, and partnering with various churches and leaders around Kansas City, my heart has never been more broken for racial tensions and disparities...

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Tags: ballet, race, railroad, tension, underground