“We Are Lamenting Racism”

New Baptist Covenant in the middle of a six-week journey titled, “Lamenting Racism.”  This virtual Zoom Cohort explores and engages in the Biblical exercise of lament as a Christian response to racial injustice. Our sessions combine the uncomfortable practice of honestly expressing our angst and fears with the uncomfortable subject of race.  We are exploring both the psalmist’s ‘Hear my cry’ and Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Goin’ On’.

Lament is a sacred space for expressing authentic feelings of grief, anger, frustration, shame, and repentance to God. While our prayer may be expressed in a minor key, full of sharps and flats, it is nevertheless uttered as an appeal to God based on confidence in God’s character, a character of love and justice. Lament is what we do when we believe that there is a God who hears us, sees, us, and cares about us. All of us.

We are experiencing that as the Spirit laments within us, we are empowered to break out of our self-isolation and resignation and become interconnected shrines where the presence and healing love of God can dwell. So therefore, lament is not our final prayer. It is a prayer in the meantime. We believe that our song may be in a minor motif now, but one day it will resolve in a major chord. Racism will not have the final word.  One day every tear will be wiped away. The Demon of ‘Otherizing’ will be swallowed up in victory. The Beloved Community shall be made manifest. These sessions bolster our engagement and facilitate transformed persons to so transform our world. 

It is not too late to join our cohort. We welcome new travelers on this journey. Our next session will be held on Tuesday, November 9th at 6:30 PM Eastern Time. That session is titled, “Can You Hear Me? Listening to Race-Inflected Stories”.  If you would like to participate in theses final three sessions drop a note of interest to us at jenna@newbaptistcovenant.org and we will get back to you with a Zoom invitation to join us.

Dr. Aidsand
Wright-Riggins
Executive Director

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