Disciples News Service

Fighting the roots of racism

“I have learned that the work of ‘doing justice’ is slow and it cannot be done by alone. It requires perseverance and the willingness to work with others,” said Pastor Margot Connor of Karl Road Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio. The congregation received a grant from Reconciliation Ministry to assist the congregation in their work with a local organizing network, Building Responsibility, Equality and Dignity (BREAD).

“Our congregation has been a part of a movement that actually changes systems – whether it is predatory lending, education, institutional racism, or unfair housing practices. Our church is one 54 faith communities that work together. One of my church members said she now even reads the paper differently because of this work,” Connor said. “This work has been a blessing and transforming for me and my church.”

BREAD is currently working collaboratively on juvenile justice and has reduced the number of juveniles in detention by half in the past year. 

The special Reconciliation offering collected in most churches on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 supports grants like these as well as experiential education, inclusive worship and intentional dialogue across racial and ethnic differences. In support of the Church’s call to be pro-reconciling and anti-racist, the funds also support leader development in small group studies, camps, communities and congregations.