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In this issue we offer up an article that highlights a misinterpretation of the Bible that has historically given a pass to racism in the church. Also we celebrate Black History Month and reflect on its importance. Plus we introduce you to another ’Champions of Justice’ and one of the Race Relations Multiracial Student Scholarship recipients.

Racism and the Bible

The ‘curse of Ham’ is not what you might think. It shows the enduring legacy of how biblical misinterpretation can foster racism. Learn the history behind this mistake and discover how the Bible instead fosters anti-racism.

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Race Relations Marks Black History Month

At the CRC Office of Race Relations we’re celebrating 50 years of work against racism. The ORR staff thought getting the insights of white people engaged in anti-racism work might provide unique views on the importance of Black History Month.

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Swords  to Plowshares

“Racism & The Sin of Contempt” - Race Relations Advocate Rudy Gonzalez examines the sin of racialized contempt. He asks: Is it possible to imagine from scripture a way to see our own sin in the segregation that is working to keep racism in place? Can we name it and tame it? The alternative is a divisive gospel.

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Seeing It Differently

“History Impacts Everyone’s Reality” - Race Relations Advocate, Viviana Cornejo writes about the genocide practiced against Native Americans in the U.S. And she stresses that we must never forget the fact that our present reality is intimately linked to our historic past.

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Meet Bing Goei

Meet Bing Goei, one of the recipients of the Race Relations “Champions of Justice” recognition.

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Meet Scholarship Recipients

We want to introduce you to Sion Bae, one of the ten recipients of the 2021/22 Race Relations Multiracial Student Scholarship.

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Meet Colin Watson, DMin student

Colin Watson is the Executive Director of the CRCNA and is studying in the Doctor of Ministry program at Calvin Theological Seminary. Read Colin’s fascinating story and what led him to become a student once again.

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Web Bytes

Webinar recording: “Power Sharing”

Ernie Benally’s Long Walk: In Memoriam

Truth and Reparations in Minnesota

A Ministry of Stories

America needs the Indigenous church for its own survival

Upcoming Events

February 22 - Webinar (12:00pm EST) - “Black & Reformed:
Generational Journeys in the CRC” More Information

February 23 - Virtual Book Talk (4pm EST) - “Spirit of Soul Food”
with author Rev. Dr. Chris Carter More Information

March 1, 3, 8, 10 - Building Cultural IQ workshop (virtual over 4 days) More Information

March 6 (6pm EST) - Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration. Save the Date!

March 18-19 at Kuyper College (Grand Rapids, MI) - “Faith Over Fear:
Living Courageously Alongside Our Muslim Neighbors” More Information

March 22, 24, 29, 31, April 5, 7, 12, 14 - Looking Back; Moving Forward workshop
(virtual over 8 days) More Information

April 1-2 at Northwestern College (Orange City, IA) - “Faith Over Fear:
Living Courageously Alongside Our Muslim Neighbors” More Information

The Ideology of Whiteness workshop available online at your pace. Register here

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