Coolikan Podcast #7 – Jesus and Justice

In 1963, Preacher and Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Junior penned the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” in which he admonished fellow clergy for their silence and reactions to nonviolent civil rights protest. In recent weeks men and women across the U.S. have engaged in civil unrest to protest police brutality and criminal (in)justices.

We at Coolikan see these events as opportunities for the Church to be the light and to unite and speak out against injustice.  Instead, we, like Dr. King, notice the silence.  We sense the need for greater solidarity in the Body of Christ concerning the plight of humanity and specifically racial inequity.

Jesus and justice.  Are these two mutually exclusive? If not, how can we embody the essence of Christ and principle of justice in our lives?

Thanks for listening!

 

**Honorable Mentions **

Embrace Healing Petition for Truth, Healing and Reconciliation – Sign Here

Site highlighting the protests around the U.S – Urban Cusp

Tim Wise – White Like Me Film  –  website: http://www.timwise.org

Blindspots: The Hidden Bias of Good People Link

Article on the need for the Church to come together – A Call to Arms

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Letter from a Birmingham Jail

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Coolikan Podcast #1 – Racial Healing, Reconciliation and the Church

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On August 7th, Coolikan member Acasia Olson boarded a train and set out on her 10-day cross-country campaign to promote racial healing and reconciliation in the U.S.  During her time on board, the nation experienced a flare up in race relations as Michael Brown, a young unnarmed African American male, was shot by a cop in Ferguson Missouri.  Acasia continued hosting conversations on race and racial healing with people across the nation in hopes of learning what we as a nation can do to heal and dismantle racism.

On this episode, we talk about race, reconciliation, the Church and the need for this nation to heal.  

The honest intersection of confronting an unjust society as a disciple of a loving and radical God:

“God, I don’t want to believe that you died for all these people who [stole, lynched, lied, shot and oppressed].  Just like you died for me you died for them, and I am struggle to accept the fact that you did…How do I learn to see them with the heart and love you have, because you died for them like you died for me…”

Honorable Mentions:

Pastor Matt Chandler Speaks Up White Privilege  – Article here