Charleston: Will White Christians Continue to Underestimate Racism’s Grip on Our Nation?

June 19, 2015

The events in Charleston have left so many of us heartbroken, again, as we confront the violence and racism that is ingrained in our culture.

Today I am sharing Austin Channing’s powerful words, her unedited and raw reaction to this horrific crime.

“I wrote on twitter that every church in America should be talking about this shooting on Sunday. But you know what? My real fear isn’t that churches will ignore the shooting. My fear is that churches will underestimate it. I fear that it will alter one Sunday’s plans and nothing else. I fear that the words will be reduced to one lone shooter, to one silent moment, to one prayer. I fear that it will change nothing about every Sunday thereafter, that it will inspire nothing of lasting significance, that no one will make a declaration to kick racism out of the pews. My real fear is that this moment will slip by just as so many others have, that white churches will refuse to see their own reflection. Or that they will and simply turn away.”

Read “The Only Logical Conclusion” on Austin Channing’s blog.

The Christian Feminism Today community joins in prayerful action with all those in need of healing and compassion, and affirms what member Rev. Leslie Harrison, herself AME clergy, said in a message to our group today, “Racism is a terrible disease that is seeming to devour all in its path, yet I realize that the healing power of Sophia will sustain us all.” Additionally CFT member Jann Aldredge-Clanton shares this hymn of hope on her blog.

Lē Isaac Weaver
Lē Weaver identifies as a non-binary writer, musician, and feminist spiritual seeker. Their work draws attention to: the ongoing trauma experienced by women and LGBTQIA people in this “Christian” society; Christ/Sophia’s desire that each of us move deeper into our own practice of non-violence; and the desperate need to move away from an androcentric conception of God.


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