What is Oneness?

Read this by the Lenses Institute, a training intensive on race, power, and privilege that Athletes in Action staff go through to live and minister in a way that fights for racial justice and unity.

“If one part [of the body of Christ] suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”
— 1 Corinthians 12:26

Fighting for Oneness in Diversity is one of Athletes in Action’s top priorities as an organization. Our hope is to grow in awareness of our own ethnic identities and culture, and of the history, pain, and power dynamics that minorities especially have experienced, to create room for everyone to have a voice at the table. We want to see the body of Christ in our context further reflecting the Kingdom of God, more equally distributing the burden of racial tension among God’s people in pursuing justice and oneness. We want to move beyond colorblindness, unawareness, and apathy and move toward openness, lament, solidarity, and advocacy where needed.

While self-education doesn’t accomplish racial justice and oneness on its own, it is an essential piece of the puzzle. We compiled some resources below, and while they are not exhaustive, we hope you find them helpful for pursuing Oneness together, as it is an essential part of God’s Kingdom work.

***Disclaimer*** A pitfall we want to also be on guard against is thinking that one can arrive when it comes to racial awareness, ethnic identity, and being woke enough. Realize that we are all on a journey, and success should be marked by a willingness to continue learning and discussing these things in order to better love God and love others. At the same time we hope that those who have not had to think about race for most of their life will not opt out of the journey and conversation because of fear or comfort, nor expect one’s friends of color to educate them on these issues. That’s why these resources exist and they’re for everyone’s encouragement and edification!

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
— Galatians 6:2

Read this article: Racial Reconciliation May Not Be What You Think It Is

Watch: The Gospel and ethnicity

Watch: Why “I’m Not racist” is only half the story

Summer Opportunity: LA Urban Project

Want to grow in a biblical understanding and practice of justice, mercy, and reconciliation in a diverse community? Attend the Athletes in Action summer LA Urban Project June 2-23 to partner with and learn from people and organizations who have already been ministering to and through the marginalized. Be prepared to be humbled, stretched, and inspired by how God’s kingdom can be built through cross-cultural partnership in our own backyard.

Book Recommendations

Ethnic Identity Development

Diverse Leadership and Perspective-Taking

Race, history, and the church

For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
— Galatians 6:14

Are you a multi-ethnic or multi-cultural person? Watch this video by a Cru staff member on processing multi-cultural identity

Learning from Minority Christian Leadership Podcasts

More resources from Lenses Institute

(Books, film, art, blogs, etc)

Book list from Be the Bridge

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
— Micah 6:8