With this as our cornerstone we joyfully join the great traditions of the Church including modern heroes like MLK, the abolitionists of the 19th century, and so many others, from the Jesuits to the early church, who have for 2000 years sought reconciliation across racial and cultural lines to build community in Christ.
These historic witnesses to Christ lived out justice in their unique time and place by advocating for those on the margins of society, challenging oppressive systems, providing for those without means, and providing a voice for those without the means to project theirs. In our context we seek to do this in 3 ways:
In 2022 we put together a Diversity Council that meets throughout the year to talk through how we as a church can celebrate diversity & advocate for justice.
This group represents people across races, ages, cultural upbringing, and gender. It has been a helpful voice for VC.
Geno Olison (South Suburban Vineyard outside of Chicago) teaches on justice & diversity in 2022 as we celebrate MLK’s legacy.
Want to dig in further? Check out this list of books, podcasts, videos, articles, and more curated by our Diversity Council.