Racial Diversity at Willow Creek

This is an interesting TIME magazine article on racial diversity at Willow Creek:

Hybels says, “I thought I was gonna faint.” He was stunned to realize that racism is “not just an individual issue but a justice issue” with “structural and [systemic] aspects” violating dozens of biblical admonitions. “I went from thinking ‘I don’t have a race problem’ to ‘There is a huge problem in our world that I need to be part of resolving.'”

“Yet there is one part of Willow already living 2050. It is not the sanctuary. At Promiseland, Willow’s vast Sunday-school complex, Jim and Ellen Strasma wrangle a band of 2-year-olds: seven Caucasians, a Caucasian-Asian, six Hispanics, an Indian American and an African American. A boy in a T-shirt and sporty maroon track pants shares a miniature plastic baguette with a ponytailed Latina. He looks like a preschool Bill Hybels, yet one of his parents is Asian American. The Indian-American girl and the African-American girl dance together… Here, today, Martin Luther King Jr.’s observation about Sunday school is finally refuted. In one room of one huge church striving to do the right thing, the harmony of His kingdom has already arrived.”

HT: JT

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~ by John on January 14, 2010.

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