The controversy of race is too important for any of us to stand on the sidelines. There are no spectators, only participants. So how do you participate? God was pretty clear that we are one people, and that God’s way of helping us be one was to get involved in a messy, risky, even sacrificial way. We call it Jesus. Once again this week we aren’t going to try to solve the problem of race, or make you feel guilty or justified, just involved.
This week we dive into the Human Race with a look at how to begin to have these conversations, an exploration of our own identities, and what it means for us to be people who don’t deny race but rather start seeing it more clearly!
January 17 – How can Anger and Disgust be helpful? Anger and Disgust can seem like unhelpful, useless emotions, or ones that should be dealt with and put away as soon as possible. But what if they were important? What if they had something to teach us? What if they made us better people? These emotions are critical for change, innovation, and making the world a better place.
January 3 – How to be whole when you’re a mess inside. You might like to be happy all the time, but it would be hard. Really hard. And think about it, wouldn’t it be a little inappropriate to be all happy when you find out your father-in-law died, or your best friend lost her job? There is a time and purpose for other emotions. Maybe – and this is what we and this great Pixar movie are driving at – being whole doesn’t mean being made up of only one thing. See you on the 3rd!
January 10 – How can Sadness and Fear be helpful? Often we push away our difficult emotions, thinking that life would be easier without them. But as we see in Inside Out, resisting our feelings takes a lot of work! Instead, how can we learn to make friends with our Sadness and our Fear? What do they have to teach us? How can they make us better? Come this Sunday to learn and practice being with Sadness and Fear!