ANTIRACIST ADJUSTMENT FOR THE WEEK of 1/10/2021
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8
Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes concludes “I Bring the Voices of My People” with six spiritual commitments as tools for the racial reconciliation journey, a path that requires a particular skill set to engage and maintain the momentum of our participation in this Divine mission over the long haul.
She names her first two commitments: being held captive and confessing/lamenting.
Reconciliation is a foundational mission of the gospel, and as Christians, we are captive to this ministry. We are called to enter into the breaches, build bridges, and bring down the dividing walls of hostility which rupture our relationship with each other and the Divine (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). As captives, we recognize that we are not in control. We stand with those on the margins in humility, cooperation and trust. (page 211)
Confession requires the capacity and willingness to notice, name and accept responsibility for one’s active and passive complicity with white supremacy. Lament, as a deeply felt practice, calls for an authentic encounter with the truth and challenges white privileges which seek to hide from anything that causes discomfort. (page 215)
As you sit with this week’s offering, remember to pay attention to the sensations that arise in your body and to where they are located. Do you notice agitation, constriction, release, pressure, energy, numbness, relaxation, warmth, coolness, softness, tightness? What statements resonate and which ones challenge? No judgment or analysis, just notice and let them go.
Body Settling/Soothing Practice: Chanting (“My Grandmother’s Hands” page 145)
Chanting seems to have a settling effect on the body. I’ve included a link to a chant based on Jeremiah 6:16 from a friend at Moravian Seminary for your consideration. Feel free to experiment with other chant options.
When you’re done stop and pay attention to how your body feels. What body sensations have changed from before you started chanting? What has stayed the same?
Please feel free to forward any thoughts to me at the email listed below or by requesting to join the private Facebook group Antiracist Adjustments with the following link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1819196591561542/?ref=share .
Blessings as you continue your antiracism spiritual practice. (submitted by Pat Deeney, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Trenton NJ, email@example.com)