TSI Forum: Racial Diversity and Reconciliation

August 20, 2014 // Forums

On August 12, 2014 The Summit Institute hosted a forum on racial diversity and reconciliation at the Summit’s Blue Ridge campus.  The video from the event is now made available here for viewing, as well as a list of resources (books, online articles and videos, blogs) intended to help inform and educate on this essential topic.

Derrick DeLain, Associate Campus Pastor for the Blue Ridge campus, started the forum by sharing his personal journey and experience on the issue of race, providing practical advice about how to view and pursue racial reconciliation and diversity in the body of Christ.  The second half of the evening featured a panel discussion of various pastors and members of the Summit community answering questions from the audience.

These are great resources to help spark conversation and reflection on how you, your family, and your church community can better express the gospel by pursuing racial diversity and reconciliation in the contexts God has placed you:

Helpful Resources:

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.
The Case for Reparations – The Atlantic

Specific Resources Responding to Recent Events in Ferguson, Missouri (links included)
Specific Articles (Link to Website Included by Clicking Title):
Oneness Embraced Dr. Tony Evans
Bloodlines John Piper
The Next Evangelicalism Dr. Soong Chan Rah
Aliens in the Promised Land Dr. Anthony Bradley
Let Justice Roll Down by Dr. John Perkins
Divided by Faith by Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith
Blogs for Continued Learning with Biblical Perspective on Diversity and Racial Reconciliation:


As mentioned in the beginning of the video, the racial diversity resources previously provided here at SJI are linked here for quick access:

In these videos, Pastor J.D. Greear and other Summit pastors speak about pursuing racial diversity in the church.

In this post, Veronica Greear leads an informal discussion on diversity in the church.

Also, this sermon here was given at Summit on March 9, 2014 by Campus Pastors Raudel Hernandez and Chris Green.  The sermon occurred during the Sent series, covering Acts 10 on the subject of the gospel and racial diversity.