A Word about Reconciliation versus Conciliation:
At Be the Bridge, we recognize the tension in using the word reconciliation to describe the goal of historical and present racial injustice. We understand that reconciliation could imply that there was once a perfect union between people of color and white people in the U.S. and we know this is not true.
God has called us all into the “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18) and that we are to be reconciled to God and to one another.
Complete racial unity and justice cannot happen apart from the reconciling work of Jesus Christ on the cross and the power of the Holy Spirit to move individuals to make peace with God and all humankind.
Through God all things will be reconciled to Himself (Colossians 1:20) and that this reconciling work has the power to remove the enmity, alienation, prejudice, and self-interest that which otherwise cannot be removed.
The BTB Way of
There are different ways that people do bridge-building. The BTB way of bridge-building focuses on justice and reconciliation. Our focus is on equity vs. equality and turning away from our broken systems and turning towards justice.
We turn up the voices of the marginalized and require that those in the dominant culture listen, educate themselves on history, grow their empathy muscles and develop language to understand marginalization and oppression.
In these conversations that we’re having at Be the Bridge, there’s not going to be an even exchange of information, where, “Hey, I’m going to tell what I know, and you tell me what you know.” The fact is, history has been erased, hijacked, white-washed, and skewed. We have to set that right with truth-telling. That’s where we start. A lot of people coming to this bridge are coming with a lot of misinformation related to history because we don’t have the same common memory or shared understanding of history.
No one is voiceless unless there’s a medical condition. The reality is, people are unheard. We spotlight the stories, the concerns and the injustices of marginalized people groups so that together we can Be the Bridge toward racial reconciliation.
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Our Facebook group is a community of people who share a common goal of creating healthy dialogue about race and racialization in the U.S., with an emphasis on promoting understanding about racial disparities and injustices. The purpose of this forum is to create a safe and positive space for both learners and well-seasoned reconcilers to ask questions and process thoughts and ideas.
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