Category Archives: African Descent month

Where Christ Dwells: A #reLent Journey. The Black Christ

As people of faith, 

we must strive to see the reflection of Christ in many faces

especially exiled people wandering in the wilderness

exiled from a land that they struggle to connect

but because of the schism that was birth from an abyss of slavery,

of racism

of false doctrine

from those who were wearing the mask of Christianity

but refused to follow in the steps of the risen Christ

we falter, we give up, we weep.

Those who are supposed to be our fellow sister and brother in Christ disregard whom we are

disregard the holiness in our features

that we too hear the words

These are my children, my Beloved, in whom I am well pleased.”

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martyred simply for believing in God

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ridiculed for the color of his skin, that the Creator painted him in

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chained as nothing more than a slave, but still remained dedicated and humble, praying for all, accepted by all who encountered this “Black Mother”

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through pain, suffering and addiction, was lifted up out of the ashes by the Creator and passed along the Gospel through his music

 “ There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”

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Pushing the Envelope, Confronting the Past

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Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Let’s be clear-

Celebrating Black History Month, African Descent Month is not about assimilating

regurgitating those People of Color whose lives have been co-opted

to sing Kumbaya.

As with any month that is dedicated to uplifting the history, the heritage and the culture

of ancient peoples,

This month recognizes the warriors, those freedom fighters

those infused with the fiery Spirit to challenge and call us to attention

of the responsibilities and the ministry we should be immersed in.

We are called to the painful healing process,

of that which has been done in the darkness

in the blackness of abyss surrounding humanity hearts

When we do not see the reflection of Christ in one another

Never more was this true, with those of my people

who were not slaves in Africa,

But were ripped from the shores to be enslaved

affirmed through the distortion of Christianity

Therefore throughout our exiled existence, we have struggled with the paradox

of celebrating the Creator of All

marked with the sign of the Cross…

But..

through the Cross there is a radical revelation of God, to be in and with community where there is suffering, despair and where people feel abandoned

So…

we step out from the shadow of the Cross transformed,renewed, released

And…

upon our faces, our dark faces, our black faces, our brown faces, our broken faces, our bruised faces, our bloodied faces..

the reflection of Christ who challenges those who refuse to see the Gospel in our eyes

and hear it proclaimed in our voices

even as it is preached in musical, lyrical, powerful languages

We are a people of forgiveness, of love…because we understand that Call.

So hear the truth, understand the pain, and journey alongside us.

Lape Bondye, God’s Peace.

 


A Change is Going to Come

http://www.ltsg.edu/about-us/news/2015/elca-leaders-for-racial-harmony

This, is a reality that is the elephant in the room…

In an open letter from  African American sisters and brothers who are leaders in theological education  issued a very particular call to theological school presidents and deans.  They wrote, “We invite our colleagues— presidents, deans and leaders of all divinity and theological schools—to arise from the embers of silence and speak up and speak out as the prophet of old, ‘let justice run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream’”

This, the wider Church, is not perfect

We sing in many of our faith communities “All Are Welcome”

But that is not the reality, and that is painful

As a woman of Color, I dance between two worlds..

although regardless, in the shadow of the Cross

kneeling at the Table

I am the same as my brother and sister in Christ

What I have found here at Seminary is that there is a struggle to create the beloved community

But here, I have found acceptance for who I am

and encouraged to be authentically who I am

even through the tension.

So we must continue to push the boundaries, ask the questions…

because that is what the Gospel clearly proclaims..

that is what clearly we are called to…

Soon and very soon, 

A change is going to come.

God’s Peace.