This week we have been listening to challenging speakers and hearing where our U.S. Cru ministry leaders are taking the U.S. part of our organization. We are at our bi-ennial staff conference in Fort Collins, Colorado.
“The privileged need the marginalized more than the marginalized need the privileged.” – my favorite quote from Christena Cleveland, one of our speakers.
We have been talking and listening this week about why our U.S. organization does not reflect the racial proportions of the U.S. The dialogue has been frank and productive and has identified a lot of uncomfortable realities. As a member of the (currently) majority ethnic group in the U.S., we have privilege and power which we are uncomfortable admitting. The topic and discussion is not what we had expected, but it seems very healthy, especially at this point in our nation’s experience with racial issues.
Neither Cathy nor I have formed concrete action items yet from what we have heard, but we continue listening and asking God how he wants us to respond.