What the Cross of Christ Demands of Us
Political correctness, white supremacists, Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump, media shaming, Charleston, Trayvon Martin, nativism, affirmative action, Central American immigrant caravans, Unite the Right, Left-wing campus protests, hate crimes, micro-aggressions, “Build the Wall”, Antifa, anti-Semitism . . .
Our world is divided in so many ways. Within our own nation, with its long history of racial discord, this division is evidenced not merely by scars, but by open wounds. Yet there appears to be little hope within our public life that we will even be able to speak about them well, much less to heal them.
On February 1, we will host a conversation on race in America unlike any that you’re going to hear in the media or around your extended family’s dinner table (if you have that relative that likes to spout racist slurs for all to hear). As Christians, we admit that we exist only because of the grace of God. And when we bring the brokenness of the world (including that of our own lives) to the foot of the Cross, we find a mandate and invitation into new ways of thinking, speaking, and living in the world. We can acknowledge both the reality of human sinfulness, and the power to participate with God in his redemption of all things.
We will have this conversation at two different times:
If you are a local Christian school and would like to bring some of your secondary students to the student event during the school day (from 8:35am-3:00pm), please contact Dr. Kevin Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an FRCS parent or member of the wider community, please register for the evening event (from 6:30-8:30pm) using the form below.
(Both events are free–although a freewill offering will be taken during the evening to help cover the costs of the event.)
We look forward to having you join us, and to exploring together what the cross demands of us as followers of Jesus in a world so desperately in need of his grace!
Meet co-sponsor the Issachar Center for Urban Leadership:
Daytime Symposium Schedule
- 8:35 – Take attendance in classrooms (Yellow period classroom)
- 8:40 – Introducing the symposium (PAC)
- 9:00 – “Creation” (PAC)
- 9:15 – “Brokenness” (PAC)
- 9:40 – Telling stories in community (PAC)
- 10:00 – Snack break (Commons)
- 10:20 – Storytelling breakout sessions (Classrooms)
- 11:20 – “Lament” (PAC)
- 11:35 – Excursus: The social psychology of race (PAC)
- 12:15 – Lunch (Commons)
- 1:00 – “Cross” (PAC)
- 1:20 – “Kingdom” (PAC)
- 1:35 – dGroup discussions (Classrooms)
- 2:15 – “All Things New” (PAC)
- 2:25 – Q&A (PAC)
- 2:45 – Closing and Benediction (PAC)
- 3:00 – Dismissal