reconciliation

As a church family, we are committed to a Christ-focused perspective surrounding issues of race and ethnicity. To that end, we are resolute in working toward the unity of all people under the cross of Jesus. Our core beliefs have shaped our values as a church and diversity is central to our mission. We believe that multi-ethnic relationships and gatherings are key to understanding systemic issues and humanizing people we may not initially understand.

It is with this in mind that we are seeking to restore, repair, and reconcile people to God and one another. We will not be complicit in culture wars because we believe the issues of racism, disparity, and injustice can only be solved with hearts that have been softened by the love of God. We will champion a church of unity and do all we can to ensure consistent movement toward racial equality and justice for our church family and the community we serve.

Church of the City has created a global advisory council made up of elders, staff, and lay leaders. The mission of this council is to create accountability and thoughtfulness in regard to three specific areas:

Education

There is much to learn when it comes to the historic nature of racism and injustice that has existed in the United States and even the American church. We believe understanding first comes from knowledge and we are committed to creating opportunities for our church and community stakeholders to learn more about how we arrived here and ways we can work toward a gospel-centered approach to healing.

Action

Racial disparity and injustice surface in many ways and as a church, we are committed to a gospel-centered approach toward activism when and where our brothers and sisters need it the most.  We will do all we can within our influence to act on their behalf.

Reconciliation

Reconciliation involves bringing people back into good standing with God and each other. We have a vision for helping our community do both. Because reconciliation begins first with a relationship, we are committed to helping our church and community stakeholders enter into a relationship with those they’ve feared, been far from, misunderstood, or simply need to be in proximity with.

Resources

Below you will find a list of resources that we believe may help you begin to discover how you may engage your heart in education, action, and reconciliation. We do not endorse every single statement made within every book, podcast or resource offered here, but we believe each is helpful on our journey to becoming a reconciling church.

“Practicing the Way – January 19”

David Bailey

“One Blood”

Dr. John Perkins

“A Conversation About Race, Justice and the Gospel”

Bryan Loritts

“Acts 11”

Darren Whitehead

COTC Stakeholder Values – Diversity

Darren Whitehead

A House Divided

Matt Chandler

Bridgetown Audio

“Race + Justice: One New Humanity”

Bryan Loritts

Bridgetown Audio

“Race + Justice Event”

Bryan Loritts

Bridgetown Audio

“Ethnic Unity + People of Love”

Bryan Loritts

Pass the Mic

Multiple Episodes

Jemar Tisby & Tyler Burns

Divided By Faith

Michael Emmerson

Insider Outsider: My Journey As a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for Us All

Bryan Loritts

The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism

Jemar Tisby

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Emmanuel Acho

Big Shake’s Hot Chicken

Southern/ Hot Chicken

Coneheads

Chicken

Cupcake Collection

Desserts – Cupcakes

House of India

Indian

Juice Bar – Carothers

Healthy

Just Love Coffee – McEwen Location

Coffee

Korea House

Korean

Meet Noodles

Chinese

Merengue Cafe

Puerto Rican

Plaza Mariachi

Mexican

Slim & Husky’s

Pizza

Soy Bistro

Korean

Sweet Dreams

Bakery & Bubble Tea

T-OP Cold Grill Ice Cream

Poke Bowls, Bubble Tea & Rolled Ice Cream

Tito’s/Pueblo Real

Mexican

W’Lin’s

Asian

Citizen

Apparel

Black Owned Nashville

Business Directory

Classic Sports Barber Shop

Barber Shop

Black Owned

Business Directory

African American Heritage Society of Williamson County

Better Options

Boys and Girls Club of Maury County

Corner to Corner

Equal Justice Initiative

Hard Bargain

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration and March

Annual

The Public: A Conversation on Race

Monthly

AND Campaign

Be the Bridge

Bernice A. King

“Williamson County Schools seek diversity plan after parents share claims of student discrimination”
Redeemer City to City Resources

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