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.
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!
Read this article: Racial Reconciliation May Not Be What You Think It Is
Watch: The Gospel and ethnicity
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.
Ethnic Identity Development
Beyond Colorblind: Redeeming Our Ethnic Journey (this one is good if new to ethnic identity or perhaps lack a positive view of your ethnicity)