“I mean we (Nigerians) are a tribe, we are a people. Extended family is our norm. So for me, when I think of leadership and thriving as a leader, I cannot think of it without extended family, without thinking of who my people are, because if I don’t have my people I can’t lead.” – Jo Saxton, author and pastor on Women Who Lead
Easter, an App, a Giveaway and More
Hello Faithfully Magazine Friends,
I hope you had a wonderful Easter last weekend. I had a great time visiting family in Washington, D.C. and checking out the National Museum of African American History and Culture. What a huge museum! Due to time constraints, I only made it through a single floor. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to visiting again. Have you visited the NMAAHC as yet? What do you think?
An Atlanta pastor shared online that his multiethnic church was actually targeted on Easter Sunday by vandals who decided to spray paint “KKK” on a sign. See how one White pastor responded to the hateful message.
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What We’re Reading & Writing
Hip-hop artist Canon appeared on Faithfully Podcast to share his experiences in the industry, comment on race and the church, and why he thinks the contemporary Christian music (CCM) and gospel industries sideline Christian rappers. It’s a great discussion. Take a listen here.
We recently reviewed Gawvi’s first album as a solo artist. He’s usually behind the producer’s board for artists like Lecrae, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo. He trained with Rodney Jerkins and Pharrell Williams and started making beats at 12–and it shows. “We Belong, the debut album by producer-turned-solo artist Gawvi, is the kind of feel-good soundtrack we need to counter the alienating and divisive rhetoric of our times.”
Riverside Church organized a “Beyond Vietnam 50th Anniversary” with The New Jim Crow author Michelle Alexander and civil rights icon Ruby Sales to mark Martin Luther King, Jr.’s controversial sermon on the “madness” of the Vietnam War. There was a livestream and the video is still active.
This is an interesting opinion piece from Inheritance magazine about a Christianity Today editor’s public statements on race, specifically regarding Asians. “The true purpose of viewing Asians as superior is not to compliment Asians nor to denigrate whites, but to undergird black oppression.”
We almost missed this story from from CNN’s John Blake on what he learned when he looked into the apparent double standard that has emerged over “repealing” or “reforming” Obamacare. According to Blake, race was at play. “If you want to know why support for Obamacare is at an all-time high, here’s one explanation: A change in complexion leads to a change in perception.”
According to a U.N. panel, the United States owe African Americans reparations for centuries of “enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality.” The Washington Post clarifies that the panel’s recommendations “are nonbinding and unlikely to influence Washington.”(may be a paywall)
“Today the Society of Jesus, who helped to establish Georgetown University and whose leaders enslaved and mercilessly sold your ancestors, stands before you to say that we have greatly sinned,” the Rev. Timothy Kesicki, S.J. said at a ceremony, offering repentance for the school’s Catholic priests enslaving African Americans.
There are a few things off with this commentary about an Alabama PCA church gaining initial approval to create its own police force, but it’s worth the read. “If the state of Alabama gives Briarwood its own police force, it will no longer be a church. It will be a white, fundamentalist, Christian armed compound with its own army, right next to one of the blackest, most defiant cities in America.”