Alumni Spotlight: Semaj Braddock

Posted by The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, and Diversity
by Lindsey Lohr Semaj is on the right. Semaj Braddock graduated from Virginia Union University (VUU) with majors in social science and history and is now a sixth-grade history teacher. Semaj shares his experiences with Richmond Chi Alpha, and how his time at an HBCU equipped him to minister to his students in a tumultuous time. How did you first get involved with Chi Alpha? Richmond Chi Alpha (RXA) participated in an organization fair I went to as a student.…

Stepping into the Journey

Posted by Rigoberto Herrera in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, and Diversity
“Integrative.” That’s how Jen Moss from University of Virginia Chi Alpha describes her experience taking the Journey to Unity and Diversity course. During fall 2020, seventy-one Chi Alpha staff and interns went through the four-week online course created by XA Diversity. It incorporates both video and written lessons paired with cohort discussions and other assignments. “This course broadened my understanding of what can be different between people,” Moss continues. “I cannot assume what I know of someone’s experience and must…

Testimony: All In

Posted by Shadoria Anderson in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, and Diversity
All In, a support raising coaching program for ethnic minority missionaries, changed my outlook on support raising and made me believe I could be fully funded. Before All In, I was only at 35 percent of my monthly budget. I started raising support May 14 and by July 3, I was fully funded. We had weekly group coaching calls, which were a safe space for me to be myself and air some of my fears because it was a community…

Why Diversity Matters

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, and Diversity
Brothers and sisters in Christ, I write this with tears and heartache as I see the division that characterizes our country continue to grow not only throughout the nation, but in the Church as well. As the diversity director for Chi Alpha, the driving force behind what I do is to make our Father proud and our Lord famous. As a parent, I hate when my children fight. It is echoed throughout Scripture that our Father in heaven also longs…

Diversity: A Chi Alpha Core Value

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, and Diversity
America has been in extreme tension points since last year. Much of the anxiety that has vexed our nation has been centered on racial issues and the battling of a stronghold humans have struggled with for millenniums: racism. As soon as I used the word racism, it elicited a reaction from many of us. This is a word we don’t like to hear or use. I didn’t like using it in this editorial, but I must. I still see and…

In this Moment

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Cross-Cultural Missions and Diversity
In this moment, things are being revealed. Ugly truths so long ignored are on display for all to see. The underbelly of our society is being exposed. People are speaking up and sharing things they’ve kept silent. People are hurting. People are mad. People are coming together. People are being driven apart. We may not agree on everything, or on anything for that matter, but I think we can agree that we are in a moment. My heart’s cry, and…

Stop. Lament First.

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
View the original article here. “What’s going on in our world? What’s happening? It seems to be coming apart at the seams.” These are some of the thoughts I hear from people these days. We see civil unrest, demonstrations, and riots. There is a lot of anger on all sides. How should the church respond? Should we jump in with the anger, the rhetoric, the violence? Should we strategize, problem solve, and work at finding solutions? Should we educate ourselves…

George Floyd Is the American Story We All Need to Learn

Posted by Lashawndra Lucas in Diversity and Student
View the original article here. In the aftermath of the horrific murder of George Floyd, I have been praying and processing a lot of thoughts. So far, I’ve come to this: We have a lot to learn. We have a lot to learn about America, about the black experience in America, about each other. And many of us have a lot to unlearn, which is really hard work, but…(insert any one of dozens of pithy sayings about how hard work…

Partner in Life

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Life. This is what Jesus came to bring. He clearly states in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” God is a God of life. He is a giver of life from first to last. He created Adam and Eve and breathed life into them. He sent his Son that we do not perish but have “eternal life.” Not a life that we get after death, but a life that cannot…

Embracing My Identity, Hair and All: Part I by Nia Campinha-Bacote

Posted by The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Diversity
This post was originally posted on prettyforablackgirl.blogspot.com titled “How Did I Get Here?” that shares Nia’s testimony of how she made the decision to do the “big chop” and her journey of discovering her identity as a black woman in the Lord. Nia Campinha-Bacote formerly served as staff for Chi Alpha at Yale University. Several people have asked me if there was a reason why I did the big chop. The answer is yes and it’s a long one. I want to use this post…

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