Counterintuitive Solidarity, Part 2

Counterintuitive Solidarity, Part 2

About five years ago I came across a book called The Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism. God used this book (and many others since then) to begin transforming my understanding of racism in America.
One of the most helpful ideas came in a chapter titled, “Don’t Go with Your Gut,” where author, theologian, and Jesus-follower, Drew Hart, calls Christians to adopt a posture he calls counterintuitive solidarity. To help explain, Hart makes a big claim: “most white Americans (Christian included) have been blind to the racism and oppression that has been so prevalent on this soil for the first 350 years, ever since Jamestown was formed.”

Counterintuitive Solidarity, Part 1

Counterintuitive Solidarity, Part 1

A faint memory from my college days recently came back to me. I was walking down the hall in our library when I overheard a conversation among a group of black students. The young woman speaking was hurt and upset. In fact, she was livid. I didn’t hear enough to understand the total context, but I knew it had to do with race on campus and a recent experience of hers...

Talking About Race with Our Kids

Talking About Race with Our Kids

Hello parents. As we all know, the last week has been a tumultuous week in our nation - circling around the issues of race and injustice. Issues that we cannot and should not ignore, because of how very important they are. They're important for our nation, for the church, for our church, for our families, for our kids, for you, and for me. Your kids might be wondering what's going on out there, and you might not be completely confident with how to talk to them about it.

Anxiety and Kids

Anxiety and Kids

During these last three months, we’ve faced extraordinary changes as a society. That has not been lost on our kids. A generation that, as studies show, already faces a 52% increase in anxiety and depression has found itself launched into unprecedented times. They are grieving their routine and mourning the loss of their typical physical and social connection.
Parents: our job has gotten infinitely harder in these last months...

Checking In & Giving Thanks

Checking In & Giving Thanks

It’s been two months since we last gathered together for worship at 31 Park Road. Many of us have kept in touch via Community Group Zoom calls, regularly tuning in to the Park@Home worship videos, or other means of personal communication. And yet, despite the many ways we have to connect, it’s just not the same - and I miss you. One question I’m frequently asked is, “How’s Park doing?” It’s a good question...