It’s always weird coming back to the US. I’m not sure why, but I always see and experience the place differently upon returning. Sometimes its good, and others its bad.
Just yesterday I had one of those good experiences. While seeing students and leaders at the campus of Seattle Pacific University I was gifted the opportunity to join up with the on-campus Mosaic club. It happens to be the intercultural studies club and it was quite a treat. During the meeting three people from SPU shared about a trip that they had gone on that was coordinated by their church. On trip, entitled the Sankofa journey, each traveler is paired with another of a different race — on this trip, mostly whites and blacks — to room together, share meals and talk about their experiences. Movies are shown on the bus, such as “4 Little Girls,” Spike Lee’s documentary about the church bombing. It’s a trip to highlight the ongoing need in America for Racial reconciliation.
As a person from the South who graduated (though many do not know this) with a minor to my degree from the University of Alabama in African American studies, listening to the stories of these three women (two of Caucasian descent and one of African America/Chinese descent) talk about the difficulties they experienced emotionally, mentally, and spiritually as they visited the South and explored its history was quite amazing. It really is amazing how far America has not come as nation. Sometimes i see it and I want to weep. Other times others see it, and they choose to weep.
All in all, the need to racial reconciliation in America lives on. The continued need for justice and grace and reconciliatory systems in America which represent true justice, true mercy, and true equality is as necessary as ever. And be not mistaken oh friends, this will not come by finding the next crisis to engage or the next war to fight. No, now as ever is time for the Church in America to engage in authentic racial reconciliation which disrupts the tragedy of segregation which happens every Sunday in America. It is sad that it is the most divided day in the America. It is sad.
I hadn’t realized how the experiences of my college lay dormant in my heart and passion until this Mosaic gathering. Now that I have experienced it a fresh, I know i too must act. From Switzerland…or India…or England….or Denver!
To the people who presented about their Sankofa, I say thanks. To those who experience the reality of racial injustice in America daily I say you are not alone. To those who believe Jesus truly provides good news to the downcast and the oppressed, I say now is an opportunity in America to move on these issues a fresh. They will not go away. They will not change. They will only endure until we who follow the master of true reconciliation join in living the freedom of this great story! Its time to act and this november to vote for those who will and can create change in a system that has too long endured.