In 2017 we learned some important lessons. And so we came up with a few rules that we think will help 2018 go a little smoother. And like all Christian rules – you are loved and accepted even if you can’t keep them…but please try your best.
Stop blaming conservative Evangelicals for hijacking Christianity. Be vocal about your beliefs, stand up for your values, and fight against the perpetuation of classism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and every other effort to divide and oppress humanity.
– Lawrence Richardson @Larry2_0
No one is allowed to say that their Christian tradition is more biblical or orthodox than anyone else’s. I’m talking to you, Franklin Graham.
– Karen Gonzalez @_karenjgonzalez
More Women of Color in your publishing houses.
More Women of Color in leadership roles in churches.
More Women of Color speaking into your future goals.
Anyone who quotes Martin Luther King Jr. must read the book/essay or listen to the speech/interview where the quote originated.
White people – It is OUR job to find the patience, courage, metaphors, data…whatever it takes…to lovingly confront OUR racist, sexist, and homophobic co-workers, uncles, and that friend from grade school who keeps commenting on our newsfeed.
– Nathan Roberts @nathaniroberts
Stop being afraid of death and dying. It’s a holy act that will happen to us all – individuals and churches alike. Instead of fearing it, ask if its time for your expression if church to die and consider what a holy death will look like. After all, we do believe in life after death and resurrection. So what is there really to fear?
– Rozella White @rozellahw
Listen to people of color and amplify their voices.
Offer gratitude for what was in 2017.
Confess what wasn’t in 2017.
Pray for what will be in 2018.