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.

Click below to read Rolling Hills’ Racial Reconciliation Statement of Faith.

Bill Towne

Bill Towne

Lead Pastor

RACIAL RECONCILIATION 101

Sundays | February 6-20 | 9–10:15 AM | Back Room

This new, 3-week Rolling Hills class was designed to give a Biblical overview of what God teaches about people, oppression, slavery and his heart for reconciliation in Jesus. The goal of this class is to not only help you grow your knowledge and understanding of this topic from a Biblical perspective, but also to help you feel more equipped when entering into conversations.

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