Race and Love. Both are four letter words and yet both are at the core of many of the issues plaguing our nation. While it is often easy to talk about our love for God, our family, and others, it is more challenging to discuss race, our experiences around race, and the discomfort it brings. Blacksburg Baptist Church wants to launch this series centered on race as we continue to embrace our mission of being "a place to be loved and to be the light" for others. We encourage you to join us for a four-part discussion on race and invite you to enter those discussions with curiosity, humility, and respect as we all continue to grow in Christ's instruction to "Love one Another" (1 John 4:7).
Our initial study is over, but we will resume this series soon. In the meantime, please watch our videos below for more information.
Promo Video: Critical Conversations on Race
The love of God for his children is total so we want the love of one another to be total. Join us at Blacksburg Baptist Church in trying to address the social injustice that affects our black community.
Week 1: How Ready Are You?
Parents of all colors and backgrounds want their children to have happiness and success. Are the challenges that black families face similar, or significantly different? Where does the church family enter into the journey as a source of support rather than as part of the problem? Watch our video titled, "What Are Your Desires For You And Your Family?" to learn more.
Week 2: Color Lines and Comfort Zones
While life in Blacksburg can create a “false sense of security” and may require adjustments for families coming in and going out, conversations need to be intentional. Watch our video titled, "Are there any examples where race has been discussed with your family and why?" to learn more.
Week 3: Stepping In and Stepping Up
Being silent is not the appropriate response. The conversation requires clarification of the meaning of many terms, including white privilege, but even more, it requires us to listen to the truth of lived experiences. The entire church family, young and old, need to be included. Watch our video titled, "As a Church family, what are the steps we might take to embrace the topic of race and social justice for all?" to learn more.
Parents are the first line of education, and the church must be instrumental in supporting parents. Watch our video titled, "Why Do You Think It Is Important To Talk to Your Children or Your Family About Race?" to learn more.
Week 4: Seeking To Be Our Best Selves
If we want people to in our church community to follow Jesus, what do we need to be doing? Black lives matter to God, and they matter to us. Watch our video titled, "How Does Blacksburg Baptist Church Represent Love?" to learn more.