Racial Reconciliation

“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR BILL

What should I do? What do I say? Do I even understand the real issues? These are questions that have come to my mind as a follower of Jesus and leader in His church as I consider the ugly reality of racism in our country. God throughout the Bible is clear on His love for all people, that all people are bearers of His image, and He does not tolerate social and racial injustice (see prophets).

So as we desire to grow and reflect the love of God in our own lives we thought we’d pass on some resources for you to consider. Below are books, podcasts, articles, even movies that have been helpful to myself and others I trust. Let’s grow in our understanding by continuing the conversations with friends of a different color than yourself as well as individually educate ourselves. Let’s also remember to lovingly encourage others to join us on this journey and pray that God protects us from self-righteousness in the process.

As always, when reading, listening or watching the resources below, I expect all of us to filter everything through the truth of God’s Word. Receive what resonates with God and His heart and reject that which contradicts. Let’s have a posture of grace and truth while we learn.

I’m committed to growing with you in thinking, loving and living like Jesus.

Bill Towne

Bill Towne

Lead Pastor

BE THE BRIDGE

We at Rolling Hills are excited to be able to begin to offer Be The Bridge groups throughout the calendar year to our faith family. These groups are designed to be small so that everyone can have an opportunity to participate in meaningful conversation and authentic discussions so that means groups fill up quickly. But, we will be offering BTB groups throughout the calendar year.

Rolling Hills will be offering a Spring session virtually over Zoom. We will resume Be the Bridge sessions in Fall 2021.

If you are eager to get started in learning and growing in the conversation of racial reconciliation, Latasha Morrison’s book, Be the Bridge is available through her website at latashamorrison.com and on Amazon.

If you are interested in being a part of a future BTB group you can contact donna.huchette@rollinghills.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

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In 2016, Christian author, national speaker, justice advocate and bridge builder Latasha Morrison, founded Be the Bridge. Be the Bridge is a non-profit organization which seeks to create conversation around racial reconciliation from a biblical perspective. This unique faith-based organization, provides several resources for those seeking racial reconciliation within their community and beyond. Among the resources that Be the Bridge provides, is a Racial Unity curriculum created for a diverse group of individuals. This 9-week interactive experience involves a small group format of 12-14 white and BIPOC (Black, Idigenous, and People Of Color) followers of Jesus who are invited to listen, learn, and grow in the topic of racial reconciliation. Over the course of 9 weeks, participants will be led through material that discusses awareness, acknowledgement/lament, shame/guilt, confession, forgiveness, repentance, reparation, restoration and how we move forward with each other. The group explores what God’s Word says about racial reconciliation and how to be a bridge builder.

As we partner with Portland area churches to offer a diverse group of individuals who learn from one another, we at Rolling Hills are excited to be able to offer Be the Bridge throughout the calendar year to our faith family. These groups are designed to be small so that everyone can have an opportunity to participate in meaningful conversations and authentic discussions. Since the groups are designed to be small, they also fill up quickly. If you are unable to be a part of a group at your desired date, we hope you will consider signing up for the next available group.

BE THE BRIDGE INTERVIEW

Watch the full Be the Bridge interview with Joi, Chuck and Taneisha.

RACIAL RECONCILIATION RESOURCES

Below are resources that can help you understand and educate yourself about racial reconciliation. Some of the resources below can provide perspectives that others may have in this area. Some of those perspectives or doctrines do not necessarily align with Rolling Hills, but they are important for you to understand as you engage in conversations with others.

Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison

“Letters from a Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr.

Just Mercy – available to rent

Selma – available to rent

If you would like to dive deeper into racial reconciliation, please contact our Racial Reconciliation Team by emailing racialreconciliation@rollinghills.org

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21