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…

Is God Color-Blind?

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
As I interact with different people regarding diversity issues, I often come across those who tell me they are color-blind. Now, this does not mean they cannot distinguish between green and red. I think what they are trying to say is that they see everyone the same; they don’t “see color.” This, I perceive, is a response to our history as a nation of dividing people into color groups and granting them privileges accordingly. Today we recognize that such a…

Dreams, Refried Beans, and Assumptions

Posted by Rigoberto Herrera in Diversity
Hello, my name is Rigoberto and I’m diverse. Okay, glad we got that out of the way. I bet you’re dying to know if, as a Hispanic, I dream in English or Spanish. The answer is both. Anything else you’d like to know about my diversity before we continue? Years ago, as a teenager, an older Caucasian woman asked me a question about my dreams. I don’t fully recall the context of the conversation, but I do recall what direction…

Jesus, the Kingdom, and Giving up Control

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” declares John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton. On the surface, it does not seem a truer statement has ever been spoken. A look through the pages of history reveals example after example of power enticing, infecting, and corrupting: from Genghis Khan, to Stalin, to Idi Amin. It is true of the secular as well as religious, of military as well as civil leaders. Yet, there is one figure that stands drastically apart from this pattern: Jesus the…

Unity

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Being One? Is this possible? “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” 1 Cor 12:13 “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Gen 2:24 “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one.” Deut 6:4 One. In the…

The Lost Heritage of African American Missionaries

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Did you know that the first person to leave the U.S. and plant a church in another country was Black? Even though the Southern Baptist Convention has failed to recognize George Liele as the first overseas missionary from the U.S. because he was not “sent out” like Adoniram Judson who went to Burma thirty years later, many acknowledge him as such. Liele is just one of the many forgotten names of African American missionaries. In campus missions, we often talk…

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