Read about the inaugural edition of the Diversity newsletter in this post by the Director of Diversity. Through this newsletter we hope that together we can become learners about the variety of cultures God has created and more involved in the diverse communities and diaspora in this world.
Rev. Reggie Smith is the director of the Office of Race Relations and has begin phasing in as director of the Office of Social Justice. Before his current position, Rev. Reggie led Roosevelt Park Community CRC on the southwest side of Grand Rapids, Michigan for twenty years. He has been president of the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association (RPNA) board for 18 years. Through collaboration between the church and RPNA, the neighborhood has built and owned its library and arts academy and decreased gang violence. The church started Roosevelt Park Ministries, a nonprofit ministry that sought to equip children with mentors, translation service, and ESL services, for almost two decades. Dr. Smith has taught urban ministry and urban development courses at Calvin Theological Seminary, Western Theological Seminary, and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
Los programas de juegos con encuestas son divertidos y triviales. Pero cuando se trata del trabajo misional y adaptativo de la iglesia, lo que dice la encuesta denominacional no es suficiente.
Game shows with surveys are fun and trivial. But when it comes to missional, adaptive work of the church, what the denominational survey says is not enough.
My mother called me out of the blue a few weeks ago. I thought it would be a conversation about the weather or what she was cooking. Instead she disclosed things I never heard about her childhood.
No tomemos señales de una cultura basada en el miedo que busca chivos expiatorios, sino que nos apoyémonos en el buen evangelio que conocemos, amamos y obedecemos.
Synod 2019 declared kinism a heresy, but many in our denomination may still be left wondering: What exactly is kinism? Where did it come from? Is this something that our churches are actually dealing with?
So what can we do about the violence in our neighborhoods? How do we avoid either minimizing it with easy answers or throwing up our hands because it overwhelms us?
Thank you, Al, for this wonderful post of institutional wisdom.posted on: Institutional Intelligence
I think majority culture churches could learn an important aspect of the gospel from engaging in justice issues which the article points out from our other brothers and sisters. I think...
I think, in synodical conversation and in classis, that we should not name the pastor at all. It only furthers his heretical work.posted on: Five Things to Know About Kinism
Doug, that's a great question. The answer is yes. To bring the sin of racism before the Lord is a wonderful opportunity to lament, repent, pray, and work towards becoming more aware of its effects...posted on: Stand Against Racism Chapel - April 19th