Justice - Mill City Church

JUSTICE

Resources to Understand Racism and Engage Justice

We are Heartbroken

To the people of color in our house and beyond, we see you and we love you. Mill City Church stands heartbroken and angry at racism, injustice, and evil continue in our nation and our world. We recognize the senseless violence, discrimination, and inequality in our history, and today. We grieve, we lament, and we take responsibility to contribute to healing, reconciliation, and to becoming the change for God’s glory and the good of all people. 

What does the Bible say?

The Bible is clear – every human being is created in the image of God – so how we treat each other really matters. Here are some important biblical themes that inform what we believe and how we respond to racism.

  • We are all made in God’s image: Every person bears the divine signature of God, is therefore inherently valuable, and deserving of respect (Genesis 1:27-27)
  • God’s heart is for justice: God asks us to speak and stand up on behalf of those who are oppressed (Isaiah 61:8, Proverbs 31:8-9)
  • The Cross changes everything: Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross put to death hostility between people groups and made us family. Therefore, we are all equal before God and required to treat each other with dignity, honor and respect (Ephesians 2:14-18)
  • We must prioritize unity: Diversity is important, but second to oneness in Christ. (Galatians 3:28)
  • Heaven is here and coming: The Apostle John’s vision in Revelation shows us that when God reigns, every tribe, nation, and people group worships God together. As a community, we seek to therefore be a sign that both points toward our future reality and also lives into it now. (Revelation 7:9)

So what’s next?

Here’s what we are doing

  • Building diverse leadership, staff, and executive teams
  • Ensuring diversity in our communicators and theological influence 
  • Providing ongoing educational resources and diversity training for our staff
  • Continuing to engage this conversation and incorporate curriculum and resources into City Groups
  • More regularly addressing the topic of racial injustice in our Sunday morning preaching series
  • Committing to praying for and supporting local authorities and law enforcement
  • Providing financial support for select organizations that work toward racial reconciliation, both locally and nationally
  • Praying specifically for communal and national acknowledgement, reconciliation and healing in days and weeks of prayer throughout the year
  • Recognizing, acknowledging, and observing significant national dates throughout the year
  • Speaking up against racist comments or actions

Here’s what you can do

  • Broaden your circle of friends to include someone of a different ethnicity
  • Listen to the people of color in your neighborhood, at your workplace, and in your community
  • Be brave and listen, ask questions and engage in conversation with your family, friends, acquaintances, and co-workers around racism
  • Be empathetic to the needs of those around you. (I Peter 3:8-9)
  • Love others as Christ has loved you. (John 13:34)
  • Remember we are all created in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26-27)
  • Embrace unity: our differences in ethnicity, gender, or economic status are second to the priority of unity in Christ (Galatians 3:28)
  • Be honest about your own history and bias, and do not be ashamed to share where you are at and the questions you have
  • Seek to understand others’ experience, so that you can learn to bear another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)

Letter from our Lead Pastor

“Dear Mill City,

Racism breaks my heart, and the heart of God. It is evil and real today. 
This is an issue we have not adequately addressed or engaged in fighting. I am sorry for not leading us better, and repent for my inaction. We must do better, we will do better…”

Looking for more?

Below is an incomplete list of books we recommend as you continue your journey.

Letter from a Birmingham Jail

by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be the Bridge

Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison

Beyond Colorblind

Redeeming Our Ethnic Journey by Sarah Shin

The Third Option

Hope for a Racially Divided Nation by Miles McPherson

Insider Outsider

My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for Us All by Bryan Loritts

Oneness Embraced

Reconciliation, the Kingdom, and How We are Stronger Together by Tony Evans

Where Do We Go from Here

Chaos or Community? by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Am Enough

by Grace Byers
(Great for Families)

A is for All the Things You Are

A Joyful ABC Book by Anna Forgerson Hindley
(Great for Families)

Colors of Us

by Karent Katz
(Great for Families)

ColorFull

Celebrating the Colors God Gave Us, by Dorena Williamson
(Great for Families)

Let the Children March

by Monica Clark-Robinson
(Great for Families)

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